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As a ‘lefty’ I oppose to the Dutch constitutional monarchy and to the system of monarchy in general. How can a country say it’s a democracy and have a monarchy at the same time? That’s a contradiction.  Believing that someone is privileged on the sole reason of being born in a certain family is believing in inequality. The state pays these people to live their privileged life, I through my taxes have to pay for their holiday houses, foreign trips, their staff, their cars. Still, most of the people in Holland want to keep the monarchy.  It’s quite hard for me to understand this infatuation with royals. It’s like believing in a fairy tale right? Maybe people want to believe in fairy tales…dreaming and wondering about being a royal, what it would be like to live as a royal, to be treated as one. But I can’t understand how someone can look up to a person just because he or she is a royal? People who did nothing to deserve that, except being born?

Just not my cup of tea, these royals. Talking about that, the Queen of England, after 61 years of reign, will supposedly make a historic pledge against all forms of discrimination, also supporting gay rights, promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women. I guess Her Majesty failed in getting the message through to her own husband, Prins Philip, who is famous for his sexist and near racist remarks, called ‘howlers’ in the British press (can’t be the same as the howler in Harry Potter?)  but apparently you can say things like this without any consequence if you’re married to a queen:  (deep sigh)

1984 – To a woman dancer during a visit to Kenya: “You are a woman aren’t you?”

1987 – To a woman solicitor: “I thought it was against the law for a woman to solicit.”

1993 – To a fashion writer: “You’re not wearing mink knickers, are you?”

2000 – To a group of female Labour MPs: “Ah, so this is feminist corner then.”

2010 – On asking a female Sea Cadet what she did for a living, and being told that she worked in a nightclub (as a barmaid), the Duke asked “Is it a strip club?”

2010 – Discussing tartan with then-Scottish Tory leader Annabel Goldie: “That’s a nice tie… Do you have any knickers in that material?”

“Well, you’ll never fly in it, you’re too fat to be an astronaut.”  A 13-year-old boy’s life-long dreams of space exploration are dashed.

“It looks as though it was put in by an Indian.” The Prince gives his verdict on a less-than-sophisticated fuse box spotted during a tour of an electronics firm.

Speaking to British exchange students during a 1996 tour of Beijing: “If you stay here much longer you’ll all be slitty-eyed.

“It’s a pleasure to be in a country that isn’t ruled by its people.” The Prince meets the then Paraguayan dictator General Stroessner.

 

 

 

 

 

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