I hope no one is being cynical about the Jubilee (though ignore it, do, if you’re not interested). The celebrations are so innocently affectionate and kindly meant and spring from affection and respect. I know a number of people who have taken themselves off to London, most of them going by coach, to watch the pageant on the Thames and I think that’s lovely. I think it’s lovely to have put bunting up and hold parties and make paper crowns and write letters to the Queen. No one would do it to a President, that’s for sure. And there’s Her Majesty, she must be jolly chilly but she’s smiling and enjoying the occasion for what it signifies.
Before the ‘reformation’ of the House of Lords, there weren’t financial scandals there like there are now. And the actions of MPs make the occasional, rare dubious dealings of minor members of the royal family look very mild. You wouldn’t set up a hereditary monarchy in this country nowadays, but no one has come up with an idea for anything better.
If I’m being sentimental, I’m not apologising, either. You’re just going to have to be kind and indulge me.