I find myself in something of a quandary over the award of a knighthood to Salman Rushdie, for his ‘services to literature’ (as someone said in the paper today, “What services? What literature?”). It is true that under NuLabour knighthoods, peerages, etc. have become seriously devalueed by being presented as rewards/bribes to NuLabour supporters and funders and also used as another form of social engineering (ie; by making what’s left of the House of Lords more ‘diverse’ in appearance). But still, the idea of that smirking, useless waste of space Rushdie – whose books are pretentious, poorly-written, unreadable and deeply anti-British in the usual ‘post-colonial’ way, and were only published and praised to the skies by the ‘literati’ because of the latters’ incomprehensible sense of guilt at still being overwhelmingly middle-class and white – being knighted by Her Majesty and prancing around putting on further airs while writers and artists whose boots he is unfit to shine are ignored for being non-‘pc’, and unfashionable in actually having something worthwhile to say, is nauseating, to say the least. On the other hand, this rather unexpected parting gesture from Blair, who of course decides these things and ‘recommends’ them to the Queen, has clearly greatly annoyed those excitable Muslims again; which is basically a good thing if it demonstrates to them that the UK is prepared to stand up for the principle of free speech. Not that NuLabour have done much of that so far towards the Islamist loonies – so maybe there’s some other motive involved? I can’t decide whether my annoyance at this particularly irritating creative nonentity being so honoured outweighs my pleasure at the idea of sticking two fingers up at the hysterical ‘Islamic’ world. On the whole I think the best solution would be if some mad extremist were to take it into their mind to assassinate Rushdie just as he’s coming out of Buckingham Palace with a big self-satisfied smirk on his face! Or maybe even when he’s just going in? Unfortunately no doubt even more money will be spent, in addition to the £10 million that has already been expended, on protecting him from such an attack, so I suppose it’s a forlorn hope. Perhaps he will just choke on his own anti-British, post-colonial-chip-on-on-the-shoulder bile one of these mornings and save us all some money?
I've been feeling a bit worried about how negative so much of this blog is – almost inevitably, given the way I feel about the modern world. However, I have decided to make a conscious effort to post at least one positive comment per week in future. So for this week, I am celebrating the 80th birthday of our dear Queen, and the fact that so many people genuinely seem to appreciate her, our contitutional monarchy and the fantastic she has done for the country for more than 50 years. In a TV poll the other day I'm glad to say that 67% said they supported the monarchy and want the Queen to go on reigning as long as possible. A pathetic 12% claimed they wanted a republic. So here's to Her Majesty – how lucky we are to have her! God Save the Queen!
I am slightly anticipating things, but there was an excellent TV programme last night on BBC1 celebrating the Queen’s 80 years, and I just have to say how delightful I found it, and how inspiring I find her 50-plus years of service to the nation and the Commonwealth. It is really heartening that amidst the chaos, decrepitude and degeneracy of modern life, there is this one great symbol of constancy and duty to look up, and to make us feel that there is still something to be admired about this once great country of ours. Everyone interviewed in the programme, even people like Ozzie Osborne, were great admirers and appreciators of Her Majesty – even Blair almost talked sense on the subject for once, and actually seemed to mean it! I shall finish with the great acclamation that rang out so memorably at the Coronation: God Save the Queen! Long live the Queen! May the Queen live Forever!