The Queen goes a podcasting

For those interested the Queen’s annual message is available in podcast here. For those who want the jist of it a summary here. For those who don’t care eat, drink and be merry.

  • Nathan

    Xmas message from the President of Ireland, for those interested…

    http://www.president.ie/index.php?section=2&lang=eng

  • Peter Smith

    Cringeworthy ‘multi-culti’ Political correctness, i smell involvment from the McLabour regime once again.

  • Observer

    I certainly think Her Majesty’s Christmas message was one of political correctness.

    It promoted multi-culturalism and had less of an emphasis on ‘Britishness’ as had years address.

    The main themes were multi-culturalism and respect for people regardless of faith or ethnic background.

    All in all the message was clear and one I would certainly not disagree with; however albeit it was one of political correctness.

    The UK Government needs to make sure where it goes with all this political correctness; as it will promote the further breakup of the Union with too much emphasis on minority rights. British Christians are being ignored and devalued.

    Minorities should be protected, however you can go too far silencing the majority and dissolving their identity.

  • merrie

    For someone of 80 her voice is really good, none of that quaver you might hear in others the same age, even younger. Also her accent has changed – nowhere near as clipped as it used to be

    (Only listened because it was on a podcast)

  • gerry

    Old girls not bad-but they are a family of wasters.Too many hangers on.
    Philip, Charlie, Andrew, Edward, etc get jobs and stop sponging of the state.

  • Fraggle

    Queen, very nice. Who elected her queen?

  • Crataegus

    Fraggle

    Probably an ancestor with a strong right arm and an axe.

    Here am I stuck on a beach on a warm dry day with all the dangers of UV and add to that the misery of missing Christmas TV and Queenie. The things one has to give up for business. Only consolation is I should be able to write it off against tax.

  • dalek

    Thornbush….you really know how to rub it in! Not much danger of any UV here and by the way i missed her majestys speech so cant comment.

  • merrie

    Actually I’d prefer that the monarchy continued on in England for historical reasons and for entertainment – you could call the royals “WestEnders”. Much better than the alternatives such as an elected person, usually a (retired) politician or a political crony.

    For Ireland we could have an Ard-Ri again (moot point if Ard-Ris existed – I think they did), and I think there is someone from the west, possibly the McCarthy Mór who, according to Beresford, has a lineage much older than that of England’s royalty.

    Merrie (being merry)

  • Rory

    I can well understand why some of our contributors were offended by its political correctness. After all if we cannot depend on the monarch to stand up for traditional values such as wog bashing and making fun of heathen religions who can we turn too?

    Thankfully she still understands the necessity of reminding the poor of the necessity of forbearance and of their status as creatures of God’s will and it’s all their own fault anyway, the lazy, ignorant bastards, and when the economy collapses as it will soon we must exercise Christian charity and remember the distress of the rich.

    As head of the established christian church in England I had expected that she might have, as Christ admonishes us to do, mentioned the plight and suffering of those in prison and perhaps cheered them with the joyful message that it his her government’s intention to provide them with lots more company as the coming recession deepens.

    Many will be disappointed that, this year, I have decided to eschew my own traditional message to the world and instead leave you all with a salutation in hoping that you enjoy all the condiments and the seasonings.

  • Doctor Who

    Her Majesty looked great and long may she reign. It is worth remembering that the political input in the Queens speech is always provided by the govt. of the day, so Idon´t see why it comes as a surprise to some.

    For those prats who cey who elected her, well the fact that the Royal family is part of the constitution, whose decision makers are Democratically elected at a gerneral election, shows that they have the backing of the people.

    What annoys some posters is the rich history and heritage within the British Royal family and the Regal families of Europe. They wish they had something similar.

    Although I would agree to cut the Royals down to size.

  • Cyberman

    “They wish they had something similar. ”

    No they don’t.

  • jerryp

    ” Cut the royals down to size ” : they are quite capable of doing that all on their own with their carry-on. Royalty is way past it’s best before date and is now indistinguishable from the cast of Corrie or football stars in the eyes of many.

  • Stephen Dedalus

    The less squeamish among you may be interested in a slightly more..er.. robust discussion of this topic in Debate Central:
    http://p088.ezboard.com/fdebcenrevisitedfrm2.showMessage?topicID=2446.topic

  • Aiken

    Just visited the above linked site

    “When the arrogant old slag dies, another useless bastard will take her place. So what’s the point in wishing the old shit box long life? ”

    LOL! Crude but true!

  • Frustrated Democrat

    So much for republicans, of all types, respecting the culture of others.

  • Stephen Dedalus

    ”Just visited the above linked site”
    I find it interesting as a spectacle although I don’t subcribe to the views of either camp.

  • Aiken

    Give her and her spawn the same treatment as the Romanovs!!!

  • Stepen Dedalus

    ”Give her and her spawn the same treatment as the Romanovs!!!”
    Have nothing against HRH as an individual although I think the institution of the monarchy is an anachronism in this day and age.

  • Dualta

    Maybe we should put crowns and ermin on the Crips and the Bloods.

  • kensei

    “Her Majesty looked great and long may she reign. It is worth remembering that the political input in the Queens speech is always provided by the govt. of the day, so Idon´t see why it comes as a surprise to some.”

    Yes. But in theory the Christmas message is one of the few times she speaks with her own words. Not that I’d know, because I fail to see why her words should have any more significance than any other random old lady.

  • Observer

    “Give her and her spawn the same treatment as the Romanovs!!!

    Posted by Aiken on Dec 27, 2006 @ 12:27 AM”

    You support murder then?

  • O Dear

    As head of the established christian church in England I had expected that she might have, as Christ admonishes us to do, mentioned the plight and suffering of those in prison and perhaps cheered them with the joyful message that it his her government’s intention to provide them with lots more company as the coming recession deepens.

    How can a recession be “coming” and “deepening” at the same time?

  • Aiken

    I wholeheartedly support Regicide 🙂

  • Nice to see, for all Loyalists, Unionists, that Slugger has left the queen as the latest post for two days.

    It shows the true leanings of the slugger hiarachy.

    I wonder what the outcry would have been if a photo of say, Gerry Adams, and related story had been left top of Slugger over Christmas??

    Still, at least we can be assured of the continued Royalist agenda, with the odd Republican positive story, just to fool those who may, quite rightly, believe, Slugger is firmly for Queen and country.

    Too bad the Queen of Englands country does not and has never belonged to Unionists in the North of Ireland.

    So, the anti-Republican agenda will continue into 2007, not least by Slugger.

  • A little bit of honesty, food for thought that won’t pile on the pounds!!!!

    Adams, John
    “The divinity of Jesus is made a convenient cover for absurdity. Nowhere in the Gospels do we find a precept for Creeds, Confessions, Oaths, Doctrines, and whole carloads of other foolish trumpery that we find in Christianity.”

    [John Adams]

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    “The question before the human race is, whether the God of nature shall govern the world by his own laws, or whether priests and kings shall rule it by fictitious miracles?”

    [John Adams, letter to Thomas Jefferson]

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    “As I understand the Christian religion, it was, and is, a revelation. But how has it happened that millions of fables, tales, legends, have been blended with both Jewish and Christian revelation that have made them the most bloody religion that ever existed?”

    [John Adams, letter to F.A. Van der Kamp, Dec. 27, 1816]

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    “I almost shudder at the thought of alluding to the most fatal example of the abuses of grief which the history of mankind has preserved–the Cross. Consider what calamities that engine of grief has produced!”

    [John Adams, letter to Thomas Jefferson]

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    “What havoc has been made of books through every century of the Christian era? Where are fifty gospels, condemned as spurious by the bull of Pope Gelasius? Where are the forty wagon-loads of Hebrew manuscripts burned in France, by order of another pope, because suspected of heresy? Remember the ‘index expurgatorius’, the inquisition, the stake, the axe, the halter and the guillotine.”

    [John Adams, letter to John Taylor]

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    “The priesthood have, in all ancient nations, nearly monopolized learning. And ever since the Reformation, when or where has existed a Protestant or dissenting sect who would tolerate A FREE INQUIRY? The blackest billingsgate, the most ungentlemanly insolence, the most yahooish brutality, is patiently endured, countenanced, propagated, and applauded. But touch a solemn truth in collision with a dogma of a sect, though capable of the clearest proof, and you will find you have disturbed a nest, and the hornets will swarm about your eyes and hand, and fly into your face and eyes.”

    [John Adams, letter to John Taylor]

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    “God has infinite wisdom, goodness and power; he created the universe; his duration is eternal, a parte ante and a parte post. His presence is as extensive as space. What is space? An infinite spherical vacuum. He created this speck of dirt and the human species for his glory; and with deliberate design of making nine-tenths of our species miserable for ever for his glory. This is the doctrine of Christian theologians, in general, ten to one. Now, my friend, can prophecies or miracles convince you or me that infinite benevolence, wisdom, and power, created, and preserves for a time innumerable millions, to make them miserable forever, for his own glory? Wretch! What is his glory? Is he ambitious? Does he want promotion? Is he vain, tickled with adulation, exulting and triumphing in his power and the sweetness of his vengeance? Pardon me, my Maker, for these awful questions. My answer to them is always ready. _I believe no such things_. My adoration of the author of the universe is too profound and too sincere. The love of God and his creation-delight, joy, triumph, exultation in my own existance- though but an atom, a molecule organique in the universe- are my religion”.

    [John Adams, in a latter to Jefferson, Sept. 14, 1813, from “Christianity and the Constitution: The Founding faith of our Fathers” John Eidsmoe ISBN: 0-8010-3444-2]

  • Red Hand Luke

    to Art Hostage,

    You sir, like your compatriot Chris Gaskin, are in serious need of a ballbag emptying!!

  • BeardyBoy

    Let us hope that the Usuper gets kicked out and the true King will be restored to the throne.

  • Frustrated Democrat

    Art Hostage

    What a load of twaddle, if you have no reasoning don’t quote selected extracts from others.

    “Do you know that The General of the Jesuits and consequently all his Hosts have their Eyes on this Country? Do you know that the Church of England is employing more means and more Art, to propagate their demipopery among Us, than ever? Quakers, Anabaptists, Moravians, Swedenborgians, Methodists, Unitarians, Nothingarians in all Europe are employing understrand [underhand?] means to propagate their sectarian Systems in these States.”

    John Adams letter to Jefferson 1817

    It seems Mr Adams, of a Unitarian background, may not be what you portray…………..

  • Is it time to move on?

    Or is the Queen going to be Slugger’s Testcard??

    Here is a newsworthy story from today:

    McGuinness – we have made considerable progress over the Christmas period

    Published: 27 December, 2006

    Sinn Féin Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness MP said that considerable progress had been made over the Christmas period in efforts to secure the return of the power-sharing institutions.

    Mr. McGuinness said:

    “We have made considerable progress over the Christmas period and have been working with both the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and British Prime Minister Tony Blair, including contact once again this afternoon. This work will continue in the coming days to try and ensure that agreement can be made with the DUP to get the power-sharing institutions back up and running as quickly as possible.

    “The Sinn Féin leadership has continued to work at this over Christmas because we want to see the New Year mark a new beginning in the relationship between our party and the DUP. We want to work in partnership with them in a power-sharing government to address the problems facing people across society.”ENDS

  • Rory

    O Dear asks me as to how a recession can be “coming” and “deepening” at the same time.

    The short and truthful answer, I’m ashamed to admit, is, “I’ll be buggered if I know”.

    I might spend a couple of paragraphs while slowly disappearing up my own arsehole (a prospect which might please many) explaining why, with the validity of usage etc., the construct is gramatically acceptable, but the fact remains that it is ugly. And ugliness invites assault.

    I promise to try harder.

  • mcgrath

    Laughable to think some of the silly twits on here think HRH actually gives a feck about them.

  • P O’Neil

    Let’s get one thing straight, the spook bastards that have been terrorising the six counties swear an oath directly to the ‘Queen’ and not the British people. Therefore, whether she is directly or indirectly responsible for the actions of her terrorist network, I personally believe that she is culpable for their activities, and she can safely wear her family’s mantle as another ‘royal’ butcheress of Ireland.

    It should also be noted that the illbred house of Sax-Coberg-Gotha has no constitutional claim or right to the throne of England, the closest family with a rightful claim is the House of Spencer. This explains why the royal family wanted Di as brood mare for the next generation of Nazi / King Billy degenerates, and also consolidate their rather dubious claim to the throne.

    Despite their holier than thou attitude, the Queen is another alledged royal whore, whose last two brats were not fathered by Philip (he was kicked out of her bed in 1956 when she discovered his indidcretions). This supposed royal family does not belong in their current position of power and influence, but rather in gutter along with the last vespages of the British Empire and culture.

    Just a pity they RA stopped with the child molesting Mountbatten…..

  • P O’Neil

    Given the amount of pro-royal Loyalists and Unionists that appear to have a dominant voice on Slugger, which is nothing more than unqueationed, tunnel visioned loyalty to the Brit Monarchy… I have a simple question, how can you reconsile your views on homosexuality (ie save Ulster from Sodomy) and the sexual indiscresions of countless generations of royal ass jockies, bi-sexuals, adulterers and paedophiles??

    Is this willingly done through ignorance? Is it a new phenomena of Loyalist / Unionist cognitive disasociation? Or, is it just accepted that this is the typical behaviour expressed by the British ruling elite and establishment?

  • Observer

    Art Hostage etc,

    Trust the likes of you to come on and declare that Slugger is pro-Monarch and pro-British just because it’s the last bloody story. Just think – maybe everyone doesn’t give a toss and is away earning a well deserved break (may I pat Mr Fealty et al. on the back).

    Why don’t you get a life and go focus on something more worth while.

  • Martin

    Is “P O’Neill” above a real republican? His OTT bile looks to me to be a loyalist smear effort. Even his insults are contradictory. I’m not entirely sure on what basis, for example, he says the Spencers, a junior line of the Churchill family, are the legitmate Royal Family. (Are you sure you don’t mean the Stewarts?)

    He then decends into gratuitous and insulting homophobic language and half baked muckraking. Even as one who is pretty amibivilent about the Queen I could do better than some of the rehashed elderly and largely dicounted rumours he comes out with.

    This sort of pointless smearing without even attempting to engage in debate is sadly indicative of a downward spiral in the quality of this board which used to be one of the better ones.

  • eranu

    i could be wrong here, but i think i can detect a little bit of bad feeling towards the queen from some posters??? 🙂 i can almost hear their teeth gnashing away as they type!
    i wish i was trained in psychology and could better understand this phenomenon. i wonder are they trying to be cool infront of their friends, like a kid might talk back to the teacher in class..
    to me the queen is just the head of state. no big deal. she has no power and is just there as a figurehead. a royal family adds a rich grandness to any country that has one. having said that, i thought the speech was a bit boring and bland. nothing really interesting in it.

  • merrie

    Eranu:
    I am glad you have posted your views. I agree with them.

    There is nothing wrong with being kindly disposed (or neutral) towards the Queen of England while still being an Irish Nationalist. I regard the Queen as a part of British history, a living heritage. Replacing the British sovereign with an elected person is like pulling down an ancient building to build a 60s style tower block.

    Long may EIIR reign in Great Britain but not in the six counties.

    There will be time when she is no longer nominally ruling any part of Ireland and really she won’t have any say on whether it remains part of her realm or not. I do hope this happens during her reign because it means that the British invasion is bracketed by the reigns of Elizabeth I (when the most crucial battles happened) and Elizabeth II.

    As for the so-called discussion on Debate Central, the crudity is pathetic.

  • onestepatatime

    It is shameful that the Queen of England has never addressed the defamation of her flag and name by the bully boys of Unionism.
    How she must squirm if she ever sees the bully boys trailing her flag and image around Ireland as they bully the rest of the population, or burn children to death in their beds- all in her name.
    She and her off-spring ( fathered by whomever) head brutal regiments of British thugs who have terrorised not only Ireland but a large part of the world.
    If this is what Brits choose to celebrate as their history and their heritage, that’s some reflection on them.
    The royal family are a parasitical bunch of degenerates, just like the Unionists who hail ‘HRM.’