An Act of Unity

The surround-sound of deference is becoming deafening. The tat, merch and souvenirs are becoming ubiquitous and the drum-roll of propaganda is getting louder. Just as the memory of the Queen’s endless funeral fades – the next Royal pantomime arrives.

A week after the Bank of England’s chief economist, Huw Pill told a podcast that “Britons ‘need to accept’ they’re poorer” – Charles (estimated personal wealth £1.8 billion)  is going to get in a Gold Coach and ride through London before being anointed.

British households and businesses “need to accept” they are poorer and stop seeking pay increases and pushing prices higher, the Bank of England’s chief economist, Huw Pill, said. “If the cost of what you’re buying has gone up compared to what you’re selling, you’re going to be worse off,” he explained helpfully.

“So somehow in the UK, someone needs to accept that they’re worse off and stop trying to maintain their real spending power by bidding up prices … what we’re facing now is that reluctance to accept that, yes, we’re all worse off, and we all have to take our share.”

According the the central bank’s annual report, Huw Pill is paid a salary of £180,000.

The Daily Mail had him at £190,000, and reported it next to a giant bust of Charles made out of ‘melted down Celebrations’

STV reported the departure of the Stone of Destiny down south to sit under the royal bottom for his coronation. It’s a symbol of subjugation but someone called Dr Joe Morrow – the “Lord Lyon King of Arms” told us: “It came back under our last Queen, it was meant to be an act of kindness when that came back and now its going south for the coronation of Charles III. And its very significant indeed, because its an act of unity to see us all together and celebrate our new monarch.”

There you have it, for all the tech and the rest of it we live in a medieval society and what you are about to observe (and pay for) is  “an act of unity to see us all together”. Bring out the bunting.

As the US enters unintended gerontocracy we live under a Southern oligarchy ruled by a Hedge-fund millionaire that no-one elected and overseen by the glory of a hereditary monarchy. It’s a pitiful state in which our powerlessness, as Scots unable to determine our future is celebrated alongside the hysteria of the coronation, a Festival of Deference.

The absurdity spews out across your timelines like confetti. Today we are told that Air Chief Marshal the Lord Peach has been appointed to carry the Sword of Mercy:

The announcement of Lord Peach’s role comes on the same day we are told that The Public Order Bill, which has now been passed by Westminster, is deeply troubling legislation that is incompatible with the UK’s international human rights obligations regarding people’s rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association, according to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk.

Türk drew particular attention to the Serious Disruption Prevention Orders introduced by the law that allow UK courts to ban affected individuals from being in certain places at certain times; being with particular people; or using the internet in certain ways, and could lead to the individual in question being electronically monitored to ensure compliance. It is especially concerning that such orders can be made against people who have never been convicted of any criminal offence.

“Governments are obliged to facilitate peaceful protests, while, of course, protecting the public from serious and sustained disruption. But the grave risk here is that these orders pre-emptively limit someone’s future legitimate exercise of their rights,” the High Commissioner said.

“I am also concerned that the law appears to target in particular peaceful actions used by those protesting about human rights and environmental issues. As the world faces the triple planetary crises of climate change, loss of biodiversity and pollution, governments should be protecting and facilitating peaceful protests on such existential topics, not hindering and blocking them,” Türk stressed.

The problem with the monarchy is not the institutionalised hierarchy, the remnant feudalism, the obscene wealth or the relentless propaganda, the problem is the infantilisation. As Volker Türk explains the dire consequences of our human rights and civil liberties being stripped away Vanity Fair reports that “Buckingham Palace has introduced the coronation quiche—a new soon-to-be iconic dish created by Royal Chef Mark Flanagan.”

But the point being made by Dr Joe Morrow – the “Lord Lyon King of Arms” is a real one. In a country disfigured by poverty, broken by debt and divided by nation, unity is a rare and precious thing. Britain is dead, to paraphrase Timothy Garton Ash, and nobody can say it out loud. That is why we are having this next pantomime.

As Tom Nairn put it: “…the stage hypnotists and sullen audience were compelled to go through their motions – the reproduction of a traditional Britain, crowned by Monarchy and attired in the feudality of Lordship, the reliquaries of caste and imperium, a domain of narrative cast in the familiar immemorial tones of stable repetition. They felt obliged to go on living as if Britain had not died, with troupes of hypnotists encouraging viewers in their suspension of disbelief…”

Britain is a degenerate parody of itself, and requires industrial quantities of bunting and rhetoric to survive. We are experiencing  what Nairn called ‘late or terminal Britishness’. It’s an era and a condition that has now moved well beyond ‘decline’:  “Decline was the older, more genteel form of putrefaction which prevailed until the close of the 1970s … from then on a qualitatively distinct phase has taken over – the brazen simulacrum endured by all subjects of the Crown today.”

This decay, this rotting-down has a new layer to it now of course. Now you don’t hear so much of the rhetoric of Brexit so much, as the grim reality of it settles in (‘what we’re facing now is that reluctance to accept that, yes, we’re all worse off’). Talk of the Sunlit Uplands, the forty new hospitals and the Global Britain is muted. The reality is, as the late Nigel Lawson said that: “Brexit gives us a chance to finish the Thatcher revolution.” Its as if late or terminal Britain has given up on the vestiges of change it once wore. Pre-Brexit could it have become a European country? Pre-Harry and Meghan could it have become a modernised monarchy? Post-indy ref could it have become a federalised group of nations? All these opportunities were squandered and the result is a Britain resorting to type, attacking devolution and attempting to ‘reinvent’ itself through the ‘the reliquaries of caste and imperium’, again.


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  1. James Mills says:

    ”The People’s Coronation” proclaims the Daily Hail as WE are expected to swear OUR allegiance to a man who couldn’t even uphold his own marriage vows ! Jeez !!!


    I may well do a fair bit of swearing but it sure as hell won’t be an oath of allegiance !!

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  3. SleepingDog says:

    I have just reached the chapter in Joe Glenton’s Veteranhood: Rage and Hope in British Ex-Military Life (2021) where the author talks about ‘State-mandated Walting’. “The most common word to describe a military impostor is Walt.” From ‘Walter Mitty’. Walts can exaggerate military service or just make it up, for various reasons. In the USA they apparently call this ‘stolen valour’, though the amount of actual valour up for grabs is debatable.

    Royals routinely wear unearned military honours, a form of ruling class cosplay. And of course appoint each other to the highest military ranks. Perhaps this incestuous form of patronage (or geriatric nepotism) has something to do with the author’s observation that “Britain’s military record is underwhelming.” p200

    If our mandated news sources report in the fantasy genre, any reality-based reporting risks tonal jarring. Each front page becoming a scream of cognitive dissonance. Royals were always unpopular in England and Scotland (which is why royalism shuns elections), hence their vast security services and armed forces swearing personal loyalty to the monarch, the oppressive policing of dissent and mild criticism, the invention of enemies foreign and domestic. At the risk of lifting up a rock concealing all manner of slithering, the Mail forges into Fan History territory. I don’t know if we have a precedent and model for this in the globally-connected information age:

  4. Robbie says:

    Yes we’ve always been under the thumb really , now they are applying more pressure ,our fathers and grandfathers would be turning in their graves knowing what they gave their lives for in two world wars “king and country” what a joke ,taking unions and workers rights to court knowing they were going to get there way “ another joke eh” you’re right Henry the air will be Blue as we will all be swearing .

  5. Alex McCulloch says:

    Two things are unfortunatel:

    1. The powers that perpetuate the damaging status quo are in complete control , gaining the endorsement of the majority, via the continuous propaganda of a compliant media.

    2. Where the instinct and judgement of almost half of Scotland is to do it a different way, there is no material or forums being produced via that body that aim to involve, inform or inspire that majority who believe the status quo is their best option to consider otherwise…..only endless commentary and criticism which serves no purpose.

    Are we scared to tlisten to, talk to , collaborate with our fellow citizens who are the ones who have the power to make change?

    1. John Wood says:

      It is very difficult to make any headway when we are all subjected, deliberately, to the ‘spiral of silence’. It’s a technique of cognitive warfare (aka ‘behavioural psychology’).

      I have started a blog at to try to get some constructive discussion going, but so far, with very little engagement. I’d welcome any contributions or comments. You don’t have to agree with me!

  6. John Wood says:

    Well said, but this is an extremely serious moment. Every human right is torn up, our democracy us a hollow sham, the international ‘investors’ are above the law while the rest of us are now mere serfs. The so-called ‘Great Reset’ – with its ‘stakeholder capitalism’ in which only the plutocrats have a ‘stake’ and for the rest of us ‘You’ll own nothing and you’ll be happy’ – is the greatest crime ever perpetrated and Charles Windsor is at the heart of it. He is going to demand we all swear allegiance to him!!

    The man should be arrested, not crowned.

    In Scotland the ruler has always ruled (in theory) by the consent of the people. This principle underpins the Declaration of Arbroath, the Covenant, the Claim of Right.

    When we tried to exercise that right in repeated ‘Jacobite’ rebellions, and in mass civil unrest at the time of the Acts of Union, we were violently suppressed. In 1746 this amounted to massive ethnic cleansing and genocide.

    The British state (controlled by the Corporation of the City of London) has always acted with utter ruthlessness and violence to protect its interests.

    This is once again arriving on our doorstep.

    I do not accept Charles as our Head of State and I refuse to swear allegiance to him. I hope and trust that our police and army will not attempt to enforce this outrage.

    I thoroughly recommend Thomas Paine’s book Common Sense, from the 18th c, He says it all there, and I agree with every word.

    This horror has to stop before it destroys everyone and everything, the plutocrats included.

    Apocalyptic? Well yes, I actually think so. It’s not ‘conspiracy theory’, it’s all there in plain sight. Our parents, grandparents, seem to have fought and died in vain.

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