Ninety Nine year old man with heart condition dies. Shock? The only surprising element is the fact that he has had a life of privilege and access to immediate and the best medical care not available to most. Oh, and he has never really done a day's work in his life. Okay so he contributed to the war effort like thousands of others, only they didn't come back to a pampered life of luxury, many didn't comeback at all. These people who put flowers and candles outside buck house, don't they realise the royals are taught to believe they are superior and look down on the hoi-polloi. The excessive coverage of his demise has been sickening. God help us when Liz kicks off.
I think the BBC badly misjudged it. I get that if you're a royalist he was a big deal, but I don't think anybody wanted constant tributes to him all weekend across all channels. Especially in this climate where we've had so much death and misery over the past year. People have lost loved ones and haven't been able to grieve them probably, and then we get this enforced mourning of a 99-year-old none of us knew personally. The BBC shouldn't underestimate the importance of routine to people in these difficult times, and small things like cancelling programming don't help.
Completely agree Lobster. Two whole days with the threat of Adele's caterwauling hanging over us is too much to bear. I would have opened the radio shows with Pharrell's Happy, and maybe Hi Ho Silver Lining.
Post by Frank Owen’s Paintbrush on Apr 12, 2021 11:48:56 GMT
Gun salutes across the country for the death of one man; silent lack of acknowledgement of the 150,000 dead from the government mishandling of the pandemic. Remember how the right wing commentators completely discredited the deaths because most were elderly or had underlying health conditions as if their deaths didn’t really matter, why does this blokes bloodline mean he’s an exception?
The bloke is the embodiment of everything we should oppose - class inequality, racism, war, imperialism, etc. He wasn’t “controversial” or a causal, misguided grandad who said the wrong thing - he was a proper bigot. Father of a paedophile whose heinous behaviour has been covered up and forgotten, whilst simultaneously allowing his mixed race granddaughter-in-law to be repeatedly attacked by the press.
You’re not “unpatriotic” for not celebrating these people, excuse me for finding the whole spectacle totally vulgar.
Used to be an old guy, drank in The Beehive, who claimed he served on the same warship as the Duke during the War. Said all the younger men used to dread being on watch at night as Phil used to roam the decks looking for a bit of a fumble (or more). Said he’d have shagged the barber’s floor if it had hair on it (his words, not mine).
You just need to be careful with how you phase things. A couple of your comments were over the line in my opinion. By all means it's fine to not like the fella but lets not resort to just out and out abuse on here.
I think it's a bit strange and voyeuristic to want to watch the funeral of a man you didn't know. It must be a nightmarish situation to have your grief microanalysed, and to know that even when mourning a family member, you're still being judged on how you're representing a country. That's why I sympathise with Meghan Markle, basically. I'm not sure she quite understood what she was signing up for.