An uber rich old lady on the other side of the world dies and all other news is wiped from the main broadcast TV channels. The deaths in Pakistan from climate change, the deaths in Ukraine from Russian imperialism, all of a sudden are inconsequential.
News casters dress in black, even the sports news is silenced, the whole news hour is devoted fully to the death of one individual. I can remember no other tragedy where the whole news hour was devoted to one topic. Earthquakes and floods where thousands died never stopped reporting of the netball and cricket scores. Newscasters never dressed in black while reporting the murder of innocent children in the Uvalde school shooting or while showing us the images of the massacre of civilians in Bucha.
All our newscasters, broadcasters and reporters need to sober up and question themselves, how easily they have been manipulated by the the death of the British Monarch to openly fawn over the British Royal family, and by example manipulate others to do the same.
Because let us not forget that this old lady and her family are the representatives of one of the most brutal and murderous empires in human history, killing over 40 million human beings. Some slaughtered during her reign.
I have personal knowledge of one of those crimes. In high school our physed. instructor was ex-British army in Kenya.
One day sitting in the playground between classes, matter of factly related to us his participation in massacring a whole village and personally killing babies and children with a knife.
The crimes of the British Empire are so repugnant that the German Nazis used them in their propaganda to inflame the German people against the West, claiming that the new Germanic empire would be more humane. But all empires are genocidal and racist. Racism and genocide are at the very core of empire.
Our media representatives and political leaders instead of fawning and forelock tugging over the trappings of empire, need to condemn it.
The imperialist conquest and subjugation of other countries and peoples, always has been and still is, a bloody and racist business, and always will be until imperialism is ended and openly condemned by all.
Pat O’Dea is a trade unionist and human rights activist.