Royal fairytales recount our nation’s blessings

Today in The Australian

With planeloads of tourists descending on London for the royal wedding, and an expected television audience in the hundreds of millions, Britain’s royalty remains the greatest show on earth.

About Henry Ergas

Henry Ergas AO is a columnist for The Australian. From 2009 to 2015 he was Senior Economic Adviser to Deloitte Australia and from 2009 to 2017 was Professor of Infrastructure Economics at the University of Wollongong’s SMART Infrastructure Facility. He joined SMART and Deloitte after working as a consultant economist at NECG, CRA International and Concept Economics. Prior to that, he was an economist at the OECD in Paris from the late 1970s until the early 1990s. At the OECD, he headed the Secretary-General’s Task Force on Structural Adjustment (1984-1987), which concentrated on improving the efficiency of government policies in a wide range of areas, and was subsequently Counsellor for Structural Policy in the Economics Department. He has taught at a range of universities, undertaken a number of government inquiries and served as a Lay Member of the New Zealand High Court. In 2016, he was made an Officer in the Order of Australia.
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37 Responses to Royal fairytales recount our nation’s blessings

  1. struth

    And so is the civilisation Britain gave the world.
    A mighty little island .

  2. Tom

    It’s astonishing: on the radio last night, Dr Turf (aka John Rothfield, married with three young-adult/teenage daughters) reported that, during the royal wedding on Saturday night Australia time, there would be wedding parties all over Melbourne attended by women in their wedding dresses. This is bigger than the spring carnival. For all its flaws and dysfunction, the British royal family is by far the world’s No.1 glamour brand.

    America is also going insane about the occasion. Fox News Channel has sent its resident leftoid dissembler Shepard Smith to London to anchor its royal wedding coverage, which I have no doubt will rate through the roof.

    No doubt Smith will figure out a way to damage the royal family, but the Markle harlot already has that task well in hand. For what it’s worth, I think she will go close to destroying the British monarchy when this circus is over.

  3. egg_

    Of course, ABC TV Breakfast had a Queer in a frock and a Republican for balance discussing the Royal Wedding this morning, representing their target demographic.

  4. RobK

    The Dockers play Sydney on Sat arvo. Whilst I’m not a fan of either, should i be stuck for something to do Sat,….

  5. stackja

    QEII has seen 13 UK PM/14 Oz PM come and go.

  6. Roberto

    I politely declined when I received my invitation.

  7. Robbo

    The Royal Family is an economic bonanza for the UK and they deserve full credit for that. What a pity that Harry’s new in-laws are nothing more than trailer trash. He seems like a very nice, decent young man and he deserves better than having those American bogans as relatives.

  8. a happy little debunker

    Good luck to both of them for embarking on a new life together.

    But take the MSM (that is cashing in on this) and shove it so far up their own backsides they can taste their own bile.

  9. mh

    Hand on heart, I couldn’t give a toss.

    Shame the FA Cup starts so late. I don’t think I will bother watching soccer at that time on Sunday morning.

  10. Cassie of Sydney

    One thing is for sure, the Markle family is making the Windsors look positively normal.

  11. Tracey

    I have a vague recollection of the media and possibly the royal family itself being a bit sniffy about the Middletons before Kate married William. I’d say they’re looking pretty good right now.

  12. Dr Fred Lenin

    Unlike presidents the royals can do little harm ,strong restraints have been built in during their long history. Cromwell was the first to remind them they were very vulnerable and mortal ,a lesson that has stayed in place as a curb to excess ego s. unlike presidents and PM s I could name ,the overthrow of the Stuart’s was the turning point, those descendants of Norman gangsters invited to Scotland by . the Kings Norman descended wife . Believed they were anointed by God some pope who was short of money told them that for a fee , Stuck with the name jimmy for six generations Charlie twice then back to jimmy , God alone knows what state the UK would be in if those prats had continued . Thank God Carlo Stuart got flogged at Flodden by that fat German prick from Hanover.

  13. Cassie of Sydney

    I think that Markle is going to get herself into trouble. Why? Because she won’t be able to help herself, she will be unable to let go of her actress/American/celebrity/activist history. She has already revealed herself to be a leftist “activist” celebrity. Yuk, yuk. I do hope that someone at Buck Palace has sat her down and politely explained to her that senior members of the Royal Family generally do not comment on “sensitive” political issues and perhaps also gently explained to her that the British monarchy’s support actually comes from the centre and right side of politics, not the left side. Maybe I am too cynical. I just don’t think her background or her activist celebrity behaviour bodes well for the marriage or the monarchy. I reckon she will bolt one day. Oh, and this has nothing to do with her race, couldn’t care less. Markle is not in the same league as Kate Middleton or Mary of Denmark, both of whom seem very sensible and crucially understand that being royal is not the same as being a Hollywood celebrity. I think that Markle is getting both mixed up and that will be her downfall. Maybe I am being too pessimistic. We’ll see.

  14. iain russell

    H/t to Myrrdin Seren. The UK now welcomes Muslim child rape gangs and refuses entry to those who point this out. Well done the To and Froms. Clap. Clap.

  15. Speedbox

    “….crucially understand that being royal is not the same as being a Hollywood celebrity.”

    Yes, entirely. I have no doubt that the Prince and the American commoner love each other. A fairytale in that respect. But being a member of the British royal family is an completely different game to being a celebrity.

    The only aspect that will afford Harry and Meagan some degree of automony is that Harry is now sufficienly removed from the Line of Succession and will never be King. Thus, some marginally “un-royal” behaviour will be tolerated. But make no mistake – the Queen has ruled the Firm with steely resolve and that same determination is mostly welded into Charles when he becomes King. Hundreds of years of tradition not to mention formidable courtiers and advisors will see that any significant excesses are killled off before they get out of hand.

    It is all happiness and unicorns at the moment – and I wish them the best. But I hope that Ms Markle has done her research, has been extensively briefed, that the British royal family is like no other and she is flying into a gilded cage.

  16. candy

    Ms Markle always looks fragile. A frail looking bone structure and a slight stoop, as if she would break.
    I wonder if she was malnutritioned as a child or just genetics.

  17. Up The Workers!

    To Stackja at 10.40am:

    Unlike Q.E.II, I have never personally seen any P.M.’s come, (don’t think I’d want to) but I’m proud to say that I’ve done my bit over the years to ensure that quite a few of the Aussie ones have gone.

  18. Viva

    Ms Markle always looks fragile.

    The babe in the woods and little miss perfect personas disguise a steely ambition. Someone like her IMO was always going to bag the emotionally needy prince. The women he dated from his own circle all sensibly declined to enter the gilded cage.

    My sister thinks they make a perfect couple and gets very annoyed with me when I mutter darkly “We’ll see”.

  19. Cassie of Sydney

    Speedbox writes “I have no doubt that the Prince and the American commoner love each other”. Hmmm, methinks that Prince and the American commoner lust each other.

  20. C.L.

    It’s a very good point, Henry.
    I noted this morning (on the dunny reading the TV Guide) that the ABC, Seven and Nine are all running live coverage of the pre-wedding, wedding and post-wedding on Australian free-to-air.
    The country still loves the royal connection, despite what Republican fabulists periodically claim.

  21. C.L.

    Hmmm, methinks that Prince and the American commoner lust each other.

    Nothing wrong with that, Cassie.
    It will be tough, though. Meghan is 36 and will have to get pregnant ASAP.
    They won’t have much time to nestle into their weird life as a duo alone.
    That could spell trouble later on.

  22. lotocoti

    In a Fulham lock-up, a Chelsea Pensioner readies his Fiat Uno.

  23. egg_

    One thing is for sure, the Markle family is making the Windsors look positively normal.

    They should fit right in with “Keeping Up Appearances”.

  24. Viva

    They should fit right in with “Keeping Up Appearances

    Thomas Markle is a natural for the role of Onslow

  25. Titch

    Oh, Viva, got it in one!

  26. Garry

    Who except those directly involved in this circus really gives a shit?

  27. Tintarella di Luna

    It will be a rude awakening to young Harry when he realises he hasn’t married Rachel Zane but the actress playing Rachel Zane — he fell in love with Rachel Zane and thinks she’s Meghan Markle – I wish them well and really hope it works out.

  28. Jannie

    Hopefully this means we get to dodge having Prince Charles as King of Australia. And the inevitable Republic that follows with our own bunyip aristocracy.

  29. Henry2

    Pickles I’ll see your videos and raise you one!
    https://youtu.be/ccS3OZFU1Go

  30. What shock!
    All my life I’ve believed it to be the “Bogga Wogga Wedding”.
    Pickles, are there any more sacred memories you’ll be smashing?

  31. Pickles

    Mock as we will nay must let us give thanks that he’s wedding Megan Markle not Marcus.

  32. JohnL

    The Royal Family is an economic bonanza for the UK and they deserve full credit for that. What a pity that Harry’s new in-laws are nothing more than trailer trash.

    And so is their harlot daughter!

  33. Confused Old Misfit

    the actress playing Rachel Zane

    Sometimes the character is the actor.

  34. JohnL

    No doubt Smith will figure out a way to damage the royal family, but the Markle harlot already has that task well in hand. For what it’s worth, I think she will go close to destroying the British monarchy when this circus is over.

    No, she won’t!
    Don’t forget that Harry is not blood-related to British Royal Family, only by marriage of his whore mother to Prince Charles.
    That is the same as a foal, sired by a pony teaser, born in a stud stable would not be eligible to be included in studbook.

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