I read a piece by Peter Wilby in The Grauniad today in which Wilby puts his finger onit with respect to the bewildering question of why the UK's royal parasites remain so popular, Brenda in particular (though Chazza not so much, it seems:http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/may/27/forget-queens-jubilee-kneesup-magna-carta
According to a Guardian/ICM poll last week, the royal family is more popular than ever, with only 22% believing Britain would be better off without a monarchy, and as few as 10% preferring, on the Queen's death, an elected head of state rather than a King Charles or William. As Elizabeth II's supporters never tire of pointing out, the unelected monarch is far more popular than any elected politician.
That is unsurprising. The Queen never has to say anything controversial, allocate resources between competing claims, or take decisions that provoke disagreement. If your job is confined to uttering bland pleasantries, shaking hands and distributing gongs, it is quite difficult to be unpopular. Since you are exempt from freedom of information laws, you are not at risk of having your expenditure on moats and duck ponds highlighted in newspapers. Since you took office without election, you do not have to contend with the disappointed or disgruntled supporters of your rivals and, since nobody is paid to lead an opposition to you, you do not have to face weekly questions about how you discharge your duties.
He is bang on. He goes on to point out that Chazza is a bit less popular purely because he has had the gall to have opinions about stuff - albeit just architecture and organic farming and biscuits and stuff like that.
To make my own position clear, I take the view that the royal family is a repugnant expression of privilege, unearned wealth, and inequality, a disgusting remnant of feudalism that should have no place in 21st century society, which we would do well to sweep away.
I do agree with Wiby's suggestion that instead of fawning arselicking jubilees, we ought to be celebrating anniversaries of stuff like Magna Carta and universal suffrage.