So the world is melting down, and this is apparent even in Sweden – especially in Sweden. SAAB appears to be going under (but come on, just build cars people actually want and shut up with the complaining), the Swedish Krona is sliding against every available currency (except perhaps for the Zim Dollar and the Monopoly Pound) and people are shedding jobs like dandruff.
So what do we need to get things back in order? An appeal to save money and resources? A restructuring of the economy? A very very long Swedish meeting? Oh wait, I know! A Royal wedding!
Yes, Victoria the crown princess of Sweden has filled in the proper papers to be allowed to marry Mr. Daniel Westling, a commoner from some terrible small town or other.
This chap, however nice he may be, appears to be really really boring. Come on now – his highest educational achievement seems to be graduating from sports school, not exactly the giddy heights of academia.
Now I have nothing personally against royalty, since I have never met any, and they have never, to my knowledge, jumped me in a queue. But the question remains – do we really need them?
People hark on about how the royalty are “ambassadors” for Sweden, but I am of the opinion that you could take the money spent on them and instead give it to a good advertising agency and get the tourist dollars flooding in.
Of course there is the question of tradition, and I must admire them for this. Fashions change, and chucking the whole thing just because some grumpy people disagree with them, or we have some idealogical problem with the whole idea, is a questionable idea.
People have pointed out to me that it is actually rather impressive to have a king to welcome foreign dignitaries and to cut ribbons and hand out Nobel prizes, instead of, say, a large stuffed Elk. And I suppose can agree on this one – they are rather cute to show off to foreigners.
I think the biggest thing that can be said against the Monarchy is that they make you accept the fact that some people are better than other people. Now it’s very clear to me that some people ARE better than other people, and if you deny this then you are a naive idiot.
However, we shouldn’t really be insisting that some people are extremely important and should be pampered forever for the sole reason that they slid out of the correct vagina at some time in the past.
Also it seems to me a very cruel thing to do to the people involved. The Swedish royals will never have a normal life – they are doomed to wave at cameras, make conversation with boring professors and shake hands with idiots forever. I feel actually very sorry for them, and giving away your freedom for life is hardly worth all the perks.
Anyway, lets hope that Daniel Westling finds his place in this disfunctional family, and that his wedding doesn’t bankrupt the country. I just wonder how many Christmasses the newly-joined families will be spending at the grooms’ parent’s place in Ockelbo, and who will carve the turkey, and which sofa the King will be asked to sleep on when the spare beds run out.