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Book reveiw - Queen Elizabeth by William Shawcross

PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2009 11:06 pm
by diablo
Review by J Hari in the Independent. I somehow think he is in favour of a republic. ;)


It must be exhausting to be a monarchist, forever finding ways to pretend a family of cold, talentless snobs are better than the rest of us. They have to make gold out of mud. The system of monarchy – selecting a head of state solely because of the womb they passed through, and surrounding them with sycophants from the moment they emerge – produces warped and dim people and demands that we scrape before them. What's a poor monarchist to do? They can only lavish a thick cream of adjectives – "dignity", "charm", "majesty" – over the Windsor family in the hope that some of us are fooled.

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William Shawcross has won the favour of his fellow monarchists by taking this curdled life and presenting it as the best of British. It's the single most unpatriotic claim I've ever heard. If you don't think Britain can do better – far better – than this nasty leech and her stunted family, then you don't deserve to live in this Sceptred Isle.

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Book reveiw - Queen Elizabeth by William Shawcross

PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 3:32 pm
by danahowards
Interesting article! Thanks for sharing!