Wednesday, 18 November 2009

A day to celebrate the Queen – and us

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee on the throne is still more than 26 months away, but Australian republicans are already getting hot and bothered about the way, Australia should - or in their case: should not! - celebrate this important day. To make their opposition to any celebration clear, David Donovan, spokesman for a republican splinter group, has ”strongly objected” any move “to reserve a day in 2012 to mark the Queen's milestone”. It goes without saying that the discussion was brought to Australia by a Murdoch newspaper.

With their raging and ungraceful behaviour, republicans are giving the impression of being very joyless people,.grumpy and dissatisfied with their world, denying other people a joyful time and celebrate. Nobody will force them to shout: “God save the Queen!”, but why deprive other people of a public holiday and them having fun? The Queen has been Australian head of state for nearly 58 years and her Diamond Jubilee will be celebrated by the Australians, of whom, many have seen her on at least one of her 15 tours of this continent.A public holiday for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee is a dignified way to celebrate the event. Just the right way for her – and for us.

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