At the same time,the local Mother and Baby group were having their weekly get together in the library.Something I hugely approve of .My Library is at the heart of the community and should be used as much as possible. We recently had a WEA lecture during opening hours on Crime in 19th century Wales.
What saddened me was that they were having a jubilee theme day. It's the sort of thing which those Mothers who a were indifferent to the Monarchy and even some who were Republicans may have found themselves going on with, so as not to provoke discord in the group.
My Sister was in such a quandary her son Reuben Nursery in Derby was holding a Jubilee Party and he has inherited my family radicalism so she was a bit worried he might say something disproving.
He certainly managed to look disproving in this photo (he's in the background)
|Reuben showing his disapproval.|
But what would happen if a nursery or School decided to have a Republican themed day . There would be an outcry of "Their indoctrinating our Kids".
But apart from parents bringing their children up to question the Status quo (an they have a right) all the news including that aimed at Children is supportive of the Jubilee.
Nowhere on Childrens' Television has there been any question of the role of Mrs Windsor . The CBBC 's Newsround could easily be reproduced in North Korean where wording just changed to Kim il Sung or whatever member of his family alive or dead they were praising.
The BBC charter calls its coverage of major events to be "balanced and even " and it made some attempt via Panorama programs before the Eurovision Song Contest in Azerbaijan to attack its Human rights record and prior to the European Football Championship next week to highlight right wing racism in the host nations Despite the fact they had major investment in these events.
But when it comes to the Jubilee . There's no question of reporting on dissent or indifference and every programme shows happy flag waving people a la North Korea.
Its probably one of the reason I am friends with them but all my close associates are seeking something alternative to this forelock-tugging rubbish this weekend.and I'm sure many reading this will be doing anything than take part or even watch it. on the Television. Stock up on DVD's folks..
We may be in minority but should should not be totally ignored in this way in a supposed democracy or forced to join in something we don't agree with be cause or as in my Sisters case we have no choice.