Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Lame rhetoric for politically correct message to Her Majesty

Damian Thompson asks Who allowed Bercow to hijack the Queen's address to Parliament? and the Daily Telegraph reports that John Bercow's 'kaleidoscope Queen' diversity speech falls flat at Diamond Jubilee address. There is a video so that you can squirm at the woodenly delivered attempt at rhetoric.

The significant line is:
"This is a land where men and women are equal under the law and where your people are respected regardless of how they live, how they look or how they love."
He might as well have added "Nudge nudge, wink wink, know what I mean?" Perhaps he is trying to hint to Her Majesty that if she wants to be part of the superior metropolitan elite she should offer public support for gay marriage.

There is also the embarrassingly silly
"All of this progress has occurred during your reign, you have become to many of us a kaleidoscope Queen of a kaleidoscope country in a kaleidoscope Commonwealth,"
That reminded me of the 1970s Toblerone advert "... made with triangular almonds from triangular trees with triangular honey from triangular bees." Come to think of it, the Toblerone advert is rather better.

The Telegraph article has a poll asking "What do you think of Mr Bercow's 'kaleidoscope Queen' speech?" with various options. I don't think it constitutes treason, but "Out of order" seems about right to me - and is the highest score at the moment. You might want to go over and cast your own vote.
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