The one point that the Netflix series The Crown showed early and clearly was the terrible ignorance of English royalty. It is the lack of street smarts, the inability to draw on experience. And no wonder they find their lives so boring. There is too much they do not know.
We also saw some of that naivete in Prince Harry during that callow interview with Oprah Winfrey. It was not something I would normally bother to watch but I was hoping it would give us a rationale for what he planned to do with his life. There is only so much time can be devoted to be on the ‘A’ list for parties in Los Angeles.
But today is Victoria Day in Canada and I always like to see where the royals are at. The old Duke is gone and his Queen soldiers on. The Prince of Wales and his ‘lovely wife Camilla’ await their turn on the throne while the British odds-makers wonder if the Queen could outlive her eldest son. The betting is that William and Kate might be the saviours of the British royalty for one last jolly go-around.
But they will probably have to do it without the Scots who want to rejoin the European Union and, maybe, without the Northern Irish who like their back door into the European Union through Dublin.
It is generally conceded that Canada no longer needs a governor General. All the chores involved for the GG seem to be well handled by Canada’s Chief Justice.
It seems appropriate for Canada to be celebrating Victoria at this time as it was Victoria who helped saddle us with the awkward and elitist constitution that is so seriously in need of change.
Mind you, when Quebec politicians think they can change the constitution without reference to the rest of Canada, it does not make sense.
I have long been an advocate of an elected constitutional assembly that could work up a new, more practical constitution to present to the Canadian people for ratification. It is the time.
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