“I pledge allegiance to the… Queen?”

March 11, 2008 at 6:50 am | Posted in British Politics, Idiot Hall of Fame | Leave a comment

Another day, another stunt so obnoxiously stupid that even Michael Howard wouldn’t have had the nerve to pull it:

School-leavers are to be encouraged to swear an oath of allegiance to the Queen under new government proposals being unveiled on British citizenship. Pupils would give a commitment to Queen and country in ceremonies akin to those for new immigrants.

Hell, why not go for broke, declare a bank holiday and pay for the entire country to attend Civil War re-enactments. There’s no word on what the punishment may be if the pupils refuse, but I’d imagine we’ll have to consider bringing back hanging, flogging and reopening the Tower of London as a working prison.

On the bright side, Peter Hitchens will wake up happy this morning.

Update: Justin McKeating on what it means to be British:

I’ve been giving some thought as to what gives us a sense of belonging in Britain today (’patriotism’ doesn’t seem to have been mentioned in the course of this debate). Or, rather England and Wales, with Northern Ireland and Scotland being exempt from Goldsmith’s kite-flying. If you freeze Britain in a second of time, what catches the eye in that snapshot?

Is it our sanguine acceptance of war criminals as our leaders, their corruption and contempt? Is it our willingness to be banged roughly from behind by businessmen and not even expect to be paid for the pleasure? Is it our worship of topless models, lip-syncers and wife-beaters over writers, artists and scientists?

Is it out veneration of a ruling family who have earned their position via no more effort than the fortunate convergence of sperm and ovum? Is it out refusal to take care of the sick, the elderly and the disabled properly?

You see, I’ve nothing really against patriots as such. I just don’t like seeming them anywhere near the levers of power. It’s just that, if they love their country so much, why are they happy (or at acquiescent) in seeing it languishing as a fifth-rate mediocrity? Us athiests, republicans and so-called fifth-columnists show more love for Britain.

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