Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Thoughts on the Queen's Speech

Out of touch democracy

As a council candidate, I spent ten minutes on polling day convincing a reluctant 18 year-old man to vote for the first time. I can assure you that my successful pitch about the importance of voting to maintain a thriving democracy did not include reference to any of the following, heard ad nauseam during today's coverage of the Queen's Speech:

The Lord Privy Seal,The Lord Great Chamberlain, The Lord Chancellor, The Earl Marshal, the George IV diadem, the Speaker's Chaplain, Sovereign's Heralds, Trainbearers, Black Rod, the Great Sword of State, the Cap of Maintenance, the Robing Room, the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms, the Yeomen of the Guard, the Serjeant-at-Arms, the Pages of Honour, and calls of "hats off strangers".


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