It’s okay, Queenie – you’re safe! But your country has gone to the dogs

Some good news for the Queen on the eve of her Diamond Jubilee - the majority of Britons think the country is rubbish, but you have escaped the blame!

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Here is some good news for the Queen on  her Diamond Jubilee – the majority of Britons think the country is rubbish, yet Her Royal Highness has avoided the blame.

CorgiMore than avoiding it, the Queen’s popularity ratings have spun off in the opposite direction. While a recent YouGov poll shows only 40% of people feel Britain has improved since Lizzie took to the throne in 1952, a massive 86% think she has been a good monarch during that time.

Thirty-four per cent of people feel the country has worsened in the last 60 years, while 14% feel it hasn’t changed either way. Back then, food was rationed, polio was rife and millions lived in Victorian slums, yet people still seem to favour it over modern times.

It also seems that little buzz of Republicanism (which may, let’s be honest, barely exist outside Twitter) is just a flash in the pan, as a meagre 16% of those asked by YouGov want rid of the monarchy, compared to 73% who want it to stay.

President of YouGov Peter Kellner says:

“My, we are a miserable lot. One might have thought the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee would be an occasion to celebrate how much life in Britain has improved over the past sixty years. Yet that is not how we feel.

“We seem to be gripped by nostalgia for the early post-war years, when Britain was Europe’s richest and, militarily, strongest country, when we still had an empire, and when our Prime Minister was Churchill.

The Queen herself has escaped any blame for presiding over a country that so many of us think has gone to the dogs. One reason is that the impact of the monarchy on British life is regarded as positive (that is, we fear we have declined as a nation since 1952, but we don’t blame the royals).”

A piece in the Telegraph this week explored why the Queen scores better popularity ratings than the overall state of the country:

“Mr Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg now have approval ratings of -11, -12 and -27 percentage points respectively, while the Queen scores +78.

“It was not always so. In 1946, her father, George VI, achieved 3 per cent in a poll asking whom citizens admired, putting the king on a par with Joseph Stalin and behind Clement Attlee.

“[This] popularity has little to do with charisma, or with great age, for Britain often treats its elderly with disdain. The lure of monarchy lies instead in its chameleon knack of adapting to meet public desires.

“Both Leveson and the Diamond Jubilee show, in different ways, the necessity for a new compact between market, state and citizen. That the spirit of Britain is embodied in a hereditary monarch with wealth beyond most people’s dreams of avarice says as much about politicians’ failure as it does about the Queen’s success.”

 


See also:

What is patriotism in Britain today? 27 Nov 2011

Verdict of the British people: “Long to reign over us” 29 Apr 2011

Prince Charles faces fresh accusations of meddling in government policy 17 Dec 2009


 

So it seems, like a bad panto, Britain has its villainous politicians drawing in the boos, alongside an elaborate bejewelled character (Widow Twankey?) who’s sole purpose is to whip the nation into a frenzy, by a mere flutter of the back of her palm, during the interval.

 


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49 Responses to “It’s okay, Queenie – you’re safe! But your country has gone to the dogs”

  1. Isobel waby

    It’s okay, Queenie – you’re safe! But your country has gone to , writes @KatieDagger: http://t.co/qi7S181h #Jubilee #Liz60

  2. A socialist

    It’s okay, Queenie – you’re safe! But your country has gone to , writes @KatieDagger: http://t.co/qi7S181h #Jubilee #Liz60

  3. Jason Kay

    I'm willing to bet that most of the 60% who say Britain has got worse since 1952 weren't alive then. http://t.co/f2kaXngQ – #rations #polio

  4. J Courtenay Grimwood

    'Cameron, Miliband & Clegg have approval ratings of -11, -12 & -27 % respectively, while the Queen scores +78' http://t.co/Q7WULf8t

  5. Peter Clayton

    'Cameron, Miliband & Clegg have approval ratings of -11, -12 & -27 % respectively, while the Queen scores +78' http://t.co/Q7WULf8t

  6. leftlinks

    Left Foot Forward – It’s okay, Queenie – you’re safe! But your country has gone to the dogs http://t.co/DGRmMufS

  7. Pulp Ark

    It’s okay, Queenie – you’re safe! But your country has gone… http://t.co/FHrexCmV #GoodSociety #diamondjubilee #Queen #muslim #tcot #sioa

  8. Roland Osswald

    'Cameron, Miliband & Clegg have approval ratings of -11, -12 & -27 % respectively, while the Queen scores +78' http://t.co/Q7WULf8t

  9. Knut Cayce

    RT @leftfootfwd: It’s okay, Queenie – you’re safe! But your country has gone to the dogs http://t.co/nZQx0GNa

  10. Knut Cayce

    The whole point of a titular head of state, bolstered by a family of royal lineage, is a national iconography… http://t.co/63OPKOvE

  11. Danny McFadden

    You need to learn the difference between ‘who’s’ and ‘whose’ and then change one word in the last paragraph. I blame the schools.

    Britain, or the ‘United’ Kingdom, is not a country, but a state, consisting of multiple countries: England, Scotland, Wales, possibly Cornwall (but I’ll leave others to argue about that) and six Irish counties that the British state retained illegally (certainly immorally).

  12. Guest

    God save the Queen!

  13. Anonymous

    Yep. All that debt. 230,000 per tax payer, min wage taxpayer included.

    You’re solution lets have more of it.

  14. wg

    A YouGov poll, run by Peter Kellner, husband of an unelected EU apparatchik, Catherine Ashton, who is the leader of an EU institution created by the Lisbon Treaty, that no one had any say on.

    And if the writer of this piece were to read the poll she would realize that the disaffection within Britain has nothing to do with the Queen but everything to do with the Fabian social engineering policies imposed on the people of Britain.

    Funny how “progressive” policies make so many unhappy – isn’t it.

  15. Guest

    God Save the Queen!

  16. Revenai

    retained at the request of their citizens – which is called democracy, in case you didn’t recognise it.

  17. Anonymous

    And our fascist regime!

  18. eogain (omob)

    RT @leftfootfwd: It’s okay, Queenie – you’re safe! But your country has gone to the dogs http://t.co/9qAp4pT9

  19. Foxy52

    Frm earlier: It’s okay, Queenie – you’re safe! But your country has gone to the dogs: http://t.co/hpvVjBCB by @KatieDagger #Jubilee #Liz60

  20. Chris Bowden-Smith

    Frm earlier: It’s okay, Queenie – you’re safe! But your country has gone to the dogs: http://t.co/hpvVjBCB by @KatieDagger #Jubilee #Liz60

  21. michael moran

    It’s okay, Queenie – you’re safe! But your country has gone to the dogs, writes @KatieDagger: http://t.co/hpvVjBCB #Jubilee #Liz60

  22. Political Planet

    It’s okay, Queenie – you’re safe! But your country has gone to the dogs: Some good news for the Queen on the eve… http://t.co/tDfjtLNN

  23. Kathy MacEwen

    It’s okay, Queenie – you’re safe! But your country has gone to the dogs, writes @KatieDagger: http://t.co/hpvVjBCB #Jubilee #Liz60

  24. Guest

    Mediocre song.

  25. Anonymous

    G e t a g r i p.

  26. The Watchers

    Frm earlier: It’s okay, Queenie – you’re safe! But your country has gone to the dogs: http://t.co/hpvVjBCB by @KatieDagger #Jubilee #Liz60

  27. Kevin Richards

    It's okay, Queenie – you’re safe! But your country has gone to the dogs http://t.co/afODj2Tt ho no it hasn't- oh yes it has :RT Leftfoot

  28. Anonymous

    Because, perhaps, she ISN’T responsible for the state of the country?

    There’s no reason to celebrate as far as I’m concerned, but neither have I said anything to people who have. It’s their choice, after all.

  29. Anonymous

    I see, so you love social cleansing, deny the double-dip and hate democracy.

    Typical far right winger, unwilling to admit that the EU (PR parliament, heads of state, some appointees) is considerably more democratic than the UK (FPTP elections, appointed cabinet). That the UK voted for the EU in a referendum, and that the UK democratic process has produced less than 5% of people voting for your views.

    Your economic views have dominated this country for three decades, and “Fabian” thought is far from very different from the Tories in this day and age. No wonder you splutter when exposed to real left wingers.

  30. Anonymous

    Get a sense of humor.

  31. Anonymous

    That’s right, it’s far too little debt for you isn’t it, you have to suck that corporate welfare teat more. Thanks for admitting it, at least.

  32. Anonymous

    So, are you Irish or Argentinian?

  33. Anonymous

    Oh dear….

  34. Anonymous

    I see, you’re working on banning those.

  35. Anonymous

    W h a t e v e r. Newsbot9, step away from the machine and get a life.

  36. Anonymous

    As I said.

  37. S

    Frm earlier: It’s okay, Queenie – you’re safe! But your country has gone to the dogs: http://t.co/hpvVjBCB by @KatieDagger #Jubilee #Liz60

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  39. Selohesra

    We voted for EEC not the EU in a referendum – it was sold as little more than a free trade area. I wasn’t old enough to vote but did follow the coverage at the time with all the pro-politicians given a free ride whilst lying about the extent of the proposals and the likes of Tony Benn who I don’t usually agree with branded as extremists for trying to point out the truth.

  40. Selohesra

    I thought Wales was a Principality not a country

  41. Johnwoolly

    Is it Christian to idolise the queen as is currently the case, Idolatry is contrary to bible principles
    God save the queen

  42. Danny McFadden

    The voters of this kingdom voted to remain in the EEC, a vastly different beast from whatis now the EU, and that referendum was 37 years ago tomorrow. A very large proportion of today’s voters weren’t even alive then. I missed the cut for voting by a mere six and a half years. The current PM hasn’t had a say as a private citizen, as he’s even younger than I am, but, in his capacity as PM, he’s told us that there will be no democracy on this topic, and that’s that. The EU parliament might be elected by a fairer method than Wastemonster, but it has almost no powers. It simply rubberstamps decisions made by the appointees in the European Commission, so democracy is non-existent in Brussels.

  43. Danny McFadden

    That’s rich, coming from a Lefty. You lot aren’t exactly famous for your humour, are you? Shouldn’t your user name be Newsbigot9?

  44. Steve Preston

    RT @leftfootfwd: It’s okay, Queenie – you’re safe! But your country has gone to the dogs http://t.co/H2iIHZIy

  45. Guest

    What just happened? 😛

  46. Anonymous

    Yes, I’m sure far right fanatics like you would love to paint me that way. Do you now, or have you ever, believed in the ZOG?

  47. Anonymous

    Thatcher, as Atlee, had harsh words for referendums – you’re making excuses. The fact is, the vote went against your views. Moreover, he’s not said anything of the sort. If you want to vote for anti-EU parties, feel free: But you are in a TINY minority.

    Argue that FPTP means that your views are not properly represented? Well, yes, thanks for admitting the UK’s democratic deficit. I support PR, do you?

    And the EU Parliament has considerably increased it’s powers, it’s legally equal to the commission and isn’t being shy about that.

    You make grandiose claims based on your bias, not on the actual situation.

  48. Anonymous

    Excuses, ever excuses.

  49. Anonymous

    Life, the Universe and Everything.

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