Even Iranians were unable to escape endless British Royal Baby coverage — although Tehran’s take on the event was somewhat different from that of the rest of the world’s media.
State TV broke into coverage of “George Alexander Louis” to reveal that public opinion in Britain is heartily against the Royal Family,and that the Queen is an iron-fisted dictator. This is proved by interspersing clips of the House of Lords with footage of a pro-republican “Make Monarchy History” march.
Press TV, aiming at an English-speaking audience outside Iran, takes things farther, with an editorial dubbing the furor over Baby Windsor “a modern-day repeat of the ‘bread and circuses’ policy of ancient Rome”.
The editors make this vaguely sensible point:
Today, the British public — grinding under massive austerity budget cuts, unemployment, poverty wages, social deprivations and crumbling services — are thrown scraps of feelgood comfort from the much-hyped event. The attitude is silly at best and escapist Prince Charming syndrome on steroids at worst.
However, Press TV soon regains its loss of sanity with this leap into hyperbole:
Meanwhile, the spectacles of gore and bloodlust — admittedly despite much public opposition — are located thousands of kilometers away in the Middle East, Iraq, Central Asia, Afghanistan.
We are reminded that — while other European countries might not have a Royal Family, let alone a Royal Baby or a Royal Baby Carriage or a Royal Birth Certificate or a House of Lords — they are also exploiting the masses:
Of course, the British Empire has long ago waned as a singular entity and its elite are not alone in lording over their masses. The same bread and circuses charade is being played out in varied ways by the other Western powers, the U.S., France, Germany, Italy, that comprise today’s global Empire of Capital.
Nothing could have manifested English people’s hatred of their monarchy as much as the birth of this baby.
A birth that took place after 9 months of controversy during which the Queen of England tried her best to be seen more and cover up her weaknesses.
The sound of church bells can be heard ringing again, bells that are indicative of a high costs the people of England have to pay. England has one of the most reactionary and medieval forms of governments.
This time the bells are not ringing for the coronation or another royal wedding, but this time the bells carry the news of a new birth in the Royal Family.
The Royal Family had placed a whole collection of media outlets and their cameras, from a month before, outside the hospital where the royal bride was being looked after.
What the media outlets had to do during the birth of this latest heir to the throne was to convince the public opinion of the people in England that monarchy is accepted by them.
[VT with Pooneh Ghoddoosi from BBC Persian outside the palace wearing a black dress]
But amongst all this when the presenter of the official English media was making a live report wearing a black dress outside the palace, the Queen’s guards apparently gave her a scolding and forced her to change her dress
[Ghoddoosi is then seen wearing a formal white suit]
Finally on Tuesday, they unveiled the new heir to the throne, the baby is a boy and the announcement was placed on a luxury tripod in the palace yard.
[VT of a Parliamentary ceremony]
And the “red jackets” once again threw in a big party. Without a doubt, he is the most expensive baby in the history
[VT of a presenter…the subtitle that the birth is boosting Britain’s economy is ignored]
“..it is estimated the cost of this baby so far has been $375 Million”
The profligacy of this royal family has resulted in much protests across this country. People are fed up with the power and wealth concentrated in the hands of a few.
[A protester is interviewed]
These expenses are paid out of the pockets of taxpayers.
This troublesome baby has already resulted in the death of a nurse. This nurse had been talking to reporters about the royal bride being pregnant and died a few days later, in mysterious circumstances.
The British government claimed the nurse had committed suicide because she was so upset at disclosing the news of the pregnancy.
[A passerby says all this luxury and lavishness for the birth of a baby is unacceptable]
[Prime Minister David Cameron is seen congratulating the Royal couple outside Downing Street]
[A Ladbroke spokesperson is interviewed saying the government is constantly cutting back on health services but there is never a penny cut back on Royal Family expenditures]
The Queen reigns as an absolute dictator in this country.
She can annul the parliament and appoint the key positions.
The Prime Minister is also chosen by a parliament whose members have been appointed by the Queen
This baby is the third in line to the throne.
If Queen Elizabeth II, who has been reigning for 60 years, dies there are two others waiting in line.