Once again the armchair revolutionaries are up in arms and I find myself a bit sad that there’s so much anti-Jubilee grumbling going on.  Her Maj has been on the throne for 60 years and that is historic whichever way you look at it.

You might like the monarchy, and you might not.  Me?  I’m for a monarchy (just not necessarily this one, all the time).  But in 200 years people will look back and agree that, whatever else, this is a notable point in the history of these here islands.

So, if you don’t want to take part this weekend, that’s fine.  If you can’t find it in you to have a sense of occasion for something that will only happen once in your lifetime, that’s OK.

But try not to be churlish. You’re not really being oppressed by a boat pageant.  Enjoy the sunshine.  Do something else with the holiday.

Have a drink.

Get a sense of perspective.

Cheer up.

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