A pound of flesh


An article in the Guardian today argues for giving Kate Middleton privacy because of the recent media boob(s) and I want to agree, I really do, but then I see pictures like the one above and I….just….despair.

How is it that a good proportion of Britain can’t see that the parade of Empire, of Britishness, of any leftover Victorian and Edwardian ideals should be over?

They just can’t get it out of their heads that pictures like the one above are acceptable.

Let me tell you this:
They’re not, Britain – these pictures are in no way acceptable.

When royals still smile as others take the weight of their privileged haunches, we aren’t seeing things properly.

I don’t care if this was organized by the local tourist board: why didn’t the Duke & Duchess’ PR team check that they wouldn’t be seen doing as their ancestors did and looking like slavers?

Though I know it’s foolish to say it as it might have been ruder to do so, I’ll say it anyway: why didn’t William and Kate get off the bloody thing and carry it with everyone else? Or, you know, abandon the whole bloody notion of carrying the thing and just walk and talk to people like anybody else would?

Britain is still Victorian.

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