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GUEST BLOG: Bryan Bruce – Today’s a holiday to celebrate the Queen’s Birthday.

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Today’s a holiday to celebrate the Queen’s Birthday.

Except, it isn’t her birthday.
(She was actually born April 21 ,1926)

The Queen can take someone to Court
Except she doesn’t.

While a court document may read “The Queen Vs So-and-so” it really means “The People Vs the Defendant”.

The Queen is our Head Of State.
Except she can’t tell us what to do.

The Queen gets to hand out Honours – Knighthood and Damehoods and such.

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Except she doesn’t get to decide who will get honoured and who will not,

So what’s the point of continuing with the monarchy ?

Good question

Except it’s far too complicated to answer in a Facebook post.

There are very good reasons why it might be time to consider becoming a republic.

There are also very good reasons for having a powerless Head Of State. You only have to look at what can happen when you have a President Trump or Putin where the Head of State has political power.

You might think a written Constitution is a good idea, but when you look at the problems Americans have changing their gun laws because of a line penned in 1787, you might also think that’s a good reason to stick with a legal system where an elected parliament is the highest authority and not a piece of paper.

Like many New Zealanders I probably only began thinking about the value or otherwise of the monarchy when John Key ( yes I’m one of those egalitarian New Zealanders who thinks we should call no man ‘Sir’) campaigned to change our flag.

I voted against the change – not because I have any great affinity for the Union Jack (quite the opposite in fact ) but because I thought the reasons for changing it were wrong. Key’s language was all about “branding” . It was the language of neoliberal commercialism and I really didn’t want a flag fluttering over our parliament that proclaimed “Business Rules Here!”

No. A flag ought to be about identity and to the extent that we can talk about a National identity -common shared beliefs, a sense of belonging to one group of people sharing common values gathered in one place = then clearly that’s something that coalesces over time.

Are we ready to have the New Zealand Republic debate yet?

Currently I don’t hear any great call for it.

But if and when those ‘ Let’s become a Republic” voices are next raised let’s be very careful what we might wish for in terms of a presidency and a written constitution,.

Oh.. and the next time a flag change question comes up could we please not have a national colouring competition for the best “brand design”.

If you want to remove the Union Jack from our flag I won’t shed a tear , just as long as any new flag reflects high value beliefs , such as fairness and unity , not commercial ones like “ branding” “NZ Inc” and the language of exploitation.

Bryan Bruce is one of NZs most respected documentary makers and public intellectuals who has tirelessly exposed NZs neoliberal economic settings as the main cause for social issues.

5 COMMENTS

  1. Yep TraitorKey will be remembered for being that ‘con artist’ that tried to change the flag and so badly botched it, even though there was a huge desire to get rid of the Union Jack, mainly because his huge ego got in the way.
    The man was a carpet bagger, a USA pawn and is still a disgrace to NZ democracy.
    Thank God he wasn’t in the position to be the ‘NZ Trump’, other than his character.

  2. When the Queen dies, it will be a suitable time to disestablish QB weekend and celebrate our own winter holiday between Easter and Labour weekend.
    Matariki is a truly NZ celebration. it is positive and meaningful – much more so than commemorating wars and massacres. Let’s do it.
    And for those who say it is at variable times – no more so than Easter, and we manage that OK.

  3. I like the Queen. I like the Royal Family in general. I like the pageantry and the pomp. I like the Royal Palaces, I like all that. The Queen and by extension, The Crown have Class. You can argue all you like but they have Class dahlings.
    We should remember that, as an example, the Queen’s not actually meant to take hold of a crim by the scruff of his or her neck. It would be great to see her literally do that though, wouldn’t it?
    The Queens duty is to ceremony. To his/herstory. To an extraordinary lineage that’s driven an albeit blood thirsty stake through all maps everywhere.
    I met the Queen once. She was walking by so I said hello. She said hello back with a charming old smile.
    I wrote to the Queen recently and asked if she knew that neoliberal criminals, to use my words, were laying waste to our beautiful AO/NZ. She, via her press secretary wrote back and in that letter told me that she was seriously considering all points raised. ( There was also a large blue postal service stamp on the envelope which read ” The sender of this letter failed to put on sufficient postage, hence the delay in delivery.” )
    A few weeks or perhaps months passed before there was a flurry of royal visits which saw jonky swigging beersies at the barbi with a very stern looking Prince William, a trained military helicopter pilot as it happens.

    My mother, father, myself, four dogs, 200 cows and five thousand sheep wrote to winston peters asking what to do when faced with the tyranny of a bnz bankster charging 22% interest on a loan that never existed and he never replied.
    Clearly, we should have written to The Queen. Not winnie, the other old Queen.

    Be very, very, very, very wary of anyone suggesting our Big Bwave Beautiful AO/NZ would be better off as a republic. If we become a republic, I’m warning you, we’ll be fucked and without the kissing.

    netenyahoo and trump will turn AO/NZ into a glorious golf course. “ Best ever, huge, great. Benny gets the south, I got the north. “

  4. Bryan wrote: “While a court document may read “The Queen Vs So-and-so” it really means “The People Vs the Defendant”.
    Wrong. The charge is exactly as it reads. On the occasions that I have been charged in court with offences against the Crown, I never imagined for one moment that the people of Aotearoa had put me in the dock.
    When I was committed to Her Majesty’s Mt Eden Prison for refusing to serve in Her Majesty’s military forces, it was not the people of Aotearoa who sent me there.
    That was the evil work of the colonial regime. Our people did not condone the regime’s actions, and they did not consent and they were in no way responsible.
    Bryan wrote: “I voted against the change (to the New Zealand flag) – not because I have any great affinity for the Union Jack (quite the opposite in fact ) but because I thought the reasons for changing it were wrong. Key’s language was all about “branding” . It was the language of neoliberal commercialism and I really didn’t want a flag fluttering over our parliament that proclaimed “Business Rules Here!”
    If you are not a colonialist at heart Bryan, why did you not abstain, as did most of our people? Why vote to retain the colonialist flag?
    Those who argue that the monarch is irrelevant are trying to avoid acknowledging the evil nature of the colonial regime which she heads. It is also, like most colonialist propositions, profoundly untrue. If the monarch was irrelevant, an oath of allegiance to her person would not be a condition of citizenship and civil rights, including the right to sit in parliament.
    Like others on The Daily Blog, you claim “NZs neoliberal economic settings as the main cause for social issues.” That is very easy to say if you purposefully resist any attempt to investigate the impacts of colonialism upon our people. The truth is rather that the introduction of neo-liberalism into the New Zealand economy and society was only made possible by colonialism.

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