Post-imperial play-acting: The bizarre spectacle of the commonwealth charter

This post was written by Reuben on March 11, 2013
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Ever since our imperial possessions broke away from us, we Brits have been coming up with different ideological coping mechanisms to deal with our historic butthurt. The latest delivery of prozac came today, with the unveiling of the commonwealth charter.

In short the queen stood up in her palace to explain how the 53 other countries ought to govern themselves, and we got to pretend that they would listen to her.

In the run up to the Charter being signed there was much handwringing in the Liberal press. Some of the less “with it” members of the commonwealth had managed to prevent any reference to equality for gays and lesbians. Needless to say, this will be a crushing blow to all those gay rights activists in Pakistan who naturally will have vested all of their hopes in Buckingham Palace riding in to the rescue.

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Sandman

re reference to gay rights in the Charter – it does in fact state its commitment to the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and its opposition to all forms of discrimination. This by implication includes sexuality, even if it does not expressly use the word.

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Written By Sandman on March 26th, 2013 @ 1:14 pm

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