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The Putney Debates, the Levellers, and the English Revolution | Socialist  Appeal

 

Devotion to and vigorous support for one's country
is fair enough, as far as it goes, I suppose,
unless you consider the whole world to be my
country. Then it's a different matter.
The lexicon of patriotism is narrow
clipped, incomplete. Feudal relations
in the twenty-first century. Remember
these  House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha
 can turn a trick and that's for sure.
I hate the fawning that goes on
There are plenty of good women
In these islands, most don't survive
to 96, & struggle to pay for their funeral.
In facing sister-death
we reach a commonality that is clearer
than those in the Putney debates
London   28 October 1647
after the declaration of the English republic 

 

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Graham Sherwood

Fri 9th Sep 2022 22:32

With regard to the fawning Greg, I'm in total agreement. The Private Eye character Sir Alan Fitztightly comes to mind!

However, I heard Dimbleby on the radio saying he'd said to one of the Queen's senior flunkies a few years back, whether she ever got tired of all the daily rigmarole.

He responded, Why should she, she gets her shoes cleaned for her every day!!

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John Marks

Fri 9th Sep 2022 22:30

Yes, Greg, I recognise the use of the word fawning might seem excessive but, as you also recognized, it is the fawning of the mass media, and particularly of the BBC, which alienates me. Like you, I am a republican but of the mild variety. I hope that monarchy just fades away. But not in my lifetime, unfortunately.

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Greg Freeman

Fri 9th Sep 2022 22:17

Speaking as a republican, I respect the views in this poem, John. Touching on your illustration, the title Charles III certainly has odd historic overtones. But I woke up feeling sad this morning, not so much for the death of the Queen, but because so many other people were feeling sad about it. I wouldn't describe them as 'fawning' - it doesn't gain them any advantage in mourning her - but perhaps you didn't mean those ordinary folk.

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