Union Jack Summer: Photos of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics

Flags in BrockleyRoad ClosedVictory Fish BarThe Jubilee flotilla in the rainGiving in to the rainThe Jubilee house
There is no future in England's dreamingThe waving QueenA street of flagsAn alley of flagsThe Queen's houseNot governed by European rules
Flowers for the QueenThe patriotic basementRemembering the Royal FamilyJubilee supermarketThe patriotic trashThe Olympic crowd by City Hall
The Olympic screen and the skyTower Bridge and the Olympic screenPotter's PlacePink patriotismThe Lord John RussellJessica Ennis in New Cross

Union Jack Summer: The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics, a set on Flickr.

I have no great love for either the Royal Family or the Olympics, and, on this latter point, my articles should make clear where I stand — Our Olympic Hell: A Militarised, Corporate, Jingoistic Disgrace, Olympics Disaster: The G4S Security Scandal and Corporate Sponsors’ £600 Million Tax Avoidance and The Dark Side of the Olympics: Kettling Cyclists and Telling Fairytales About Our Heritage. You can also find some more photos here.

As for the Queen, I have long adored “God Save the Queen” by the Sex Pistols — one of the greatest rock songs of all time, along with “Anarchy in the UK” — and I did dream of mounting a black sound system to a black bike with a black flag, pumping out the Pistols’ “God Save the Queen,” and cycling around every street party I could find in London on the Diamond Jubilee weekend.

That never came to pass, and in truth, although I find the existence of the Royal Family objectionable, some of the individuals involved work hard (the Queen and Princess Anne come to mind) and I also don’t trust any politicians to preside over the dissolution of the Royal Family and the disposal of their assets in a way that would benefit the majority of the people. More sensible, then, would be for their role to be scaled down enormously, as in other European countries, but there appears to be no hint of that on the horizon, and so we are stuck with something that looks like the divine right of kings (or queens), but is in fact a very expensive charade. Read the rest of this entry »

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