Can’t republicans do better than this?
If keeping quiet and cutting ribbons is all we can expect of our head of state then perhaps we can agree she’s done well — but surely we can expect more.
As a national figurehead and leading public figure the queen has utterly failed to do anything of note or worth. After 60 years who can quote a famous speech or point to a moment of crisis or celebration when the queen offered leadership and inspiration?
For all the failures of the monarchy — in principle, practice and in political terms — the queen and the institution offer little in return but an empty chair where an inspiring national figure could have stood.
That said, I rather agree with Freddy Gray that there is a danger of overkill this weekend and that the Windsors should remember that you can have too much of a good thing and that, like so much else, PR-stunts are vulnerable to the law of diminishing returns.