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Happy 90th Birthday Queen Elizabeth II

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Tomorrow, 21 April 2016, marks the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II. As a Democratic Socialist and Irish Republican, I'm definitely not a monarchist. Nor indeed am I an admirer of what the British Queen's ancestor's perpetrated in Ireland during 800 years of imperialist occupation (you can't wish the Queen a happy birthday without mentioning the occupation).

However, no-one can overlook or deny Queen Elizabeth's very significant contribution to the Irish peace process. She has played a leadership role in the context of the vital need for reconciliation, and in a very poignant gesture, laid a wreath in Dublin's Garden of Remembrance in tribute to Irish men and women who fought and died for Irish independence.

We've come a long way since the ceasefires of 1994. People of my generation never thought they'd see peace in the north of Ireland. It is incumbent upon all of us to use our political leader's and those we cherish as role models, and make strenuous effort's to sustain the peace and put our troubled past behind us.

Instead of looking back, we should now be looking forward to a shared future, where Protestant, Catholic and Dissenter can put their past dissension's behind them, and live in a unified, 32 county, independent republic in peace and harmony as Irishmen and as equals, respecting eachother's political and cultural differences. Because that's only proper. :)

In all earnestness, a very happy 90th birthday Queen Elizabeth (please talk some sense to the irritating Orange, it's coming up to July).

PS. Now please abdicate and give Charlie a go on the throne. He's 67 for God's sake!





PPS. Send my knighthood in the post. Thon's a good girl.

Go raibh maith agat le haghaidh éisteachta.
 
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Our Rightful King is called Francis and lives across the waves....

[video=youtube;p1-gXiHLqo8]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1-gXiHLqo8[/video]

Oh that King across the waves return, the Dry Tree bloom agin, and Albion once more be merry and free....
 

GDPR

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His Majesty (on the far right)...



And to hell with the Pretender and her sordid brood of perverts.
 

mac tíre

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Wittelsbachs, Ratio? Interesting family but quite mad.

So the British Queen is 90? I'm sure she'll have a happy birthday irrespective of whether I wish her one or not.

However, in the interests of reconciliation: Breithlá sona duit, Elizabeth Bean Uí Winsdor.

I look forward to Britain becoming a republic by 2030. :)
 

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I like Tap Chuck, although I wouldn't be a monarchist. He gave a few shillings to St Patrick's church His Ma paid her respects to Irish Republicans so happy birthday love.
 

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mac tíre

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She uses the Loreal Paris line of anti-ageing products. Because she's worth it.
Yes and she uses Pantene hair products for their "most intense PRO-V formula". She knows her stuff (so she does).
 

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I'm not sure what credit Elizabeth Windsor should get for her visits to the garden of remembrance etc

At the end of the day she was told to do it - as she's told to do everything else. She doesn't have a choice, therefore, doesn't quite deserve that much credit imo.
 

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I'm not sure what credit Elizabeth Windsor should get for her visits to the garden of remembrance etc

At the end of the day she was told to do it - as she's told to do everything else. She doesn't have a choice, therefore, doesn't quite deserve that much credit imo.
Ah come on now. She's the Queen. She can refuse to do whatever she doesn't want to do. Holding onto grudges and bitterness against the British monarchy is not conducive to the fulfilment of the Republican objective.
 

vivabrigada

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I'm not sure what credit Elizabeth Windsor should get for her visits to the garden of remembrance etc

At the end of the day she was told to do it - as she's told to do everything else. She doesn't have a choice, therefore, doesn't quite deserve that much credit imo.
It signaled a seachange in British official attitudes to Irish Republicans.
 

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Ah come on now. She's the Queen. She can refuse to do whatever she doesn't want to do. Holding onto grudges and bitterness against the British monarchy is not conducive to the fulfilment of the Republican objective.
She can refuse. We can all refuse to do anything. In her case it would trigger a constitutional crisis and quickly bring her reign to an end. As Queen, she is obligated to follow the instructions of her government in all aspects of her role. She can and has the right to consult ministers but ultimately she does as she's told.

I have no grudge at all towards her. Pointing out her role and responsibilities is all I'm doing. She went to the garden of remembrance because the British foreign office told her to.
 

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Her Majesty stands as the supreme representation of the dregs of the British Empire... good riddance to bad rubbish !
 

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It signaled a seachange in British official attitudes to Irish Republicans.
Fckin hell Viv that's quite a big statement. She done the right thing by remembering the dead and helping to heal old wounds and improving the UK and Oireland relationship. Sure everyone is at it....

 

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Fckin hell Viv that's quite a big statement. She done the right thing by remembering the dead and helping to heal old wounds and improving the UK and Oireland relationship. Sure everyone is at it....

Awk bless look at his cute wee smile and adoring eyes...
 

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Happy Birthday, Ma'am.

Gonna get me a free commemorative tea towel tomorrow - maybe two - keep one for the fine china.

 

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