Realpolitik (see also Political realism; from German: real “realistic”, “practical” or “actual”; and Politik “politics”) refers to politics or diplomacy based primarily on practical considerations, rather than ideological notions or moralistic premises. In this respect, it shares aspects of its philosophical approach with those of realism and pragmatism.
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Monday, 11 April 2011

012- Republican Discrimination

During my late morning trawling of the interweb, I have stumbled upon the news that Republic -the pressure group, not the clothing chain, pfft- have had their permit to run a Republican-themed street party on the day of the Royal Wedding on Earlham Street in Covent Garden, revoked by Camden Council of Greater London.

According to the Republic announcement, a senior member of staff took the decision on the grounds of "local opposition." This was in spite of the council confirming acceptance of Republic's plans for a street party. After all, the likes of David Cameron and the rest of his monarchist ilk have been calling for the general public to hold street parties on the day, and have also been belittling local authorities by demanding that they relax some of the health and safety regulations that are usually necessary to organise such events. 

It would now seem though, that the Monarchist agenda has truly been outed, for on this Wedding Day, it would appear that little scope is being given for dissenters to also celebrate their decision not to become wrapped up in the championing of social conservatism and/or monarchism. 

It really does highlight what a lack of a genuine democracy we are, for all of its illusions. The Republican is readily discriminated against on the grounds political persuasion be this by lack of focus from the media, being tarred with the same brush as anarchists or by being painted as a patently unbritish branch of thought. Furthermore, in the spirit of social conservatism, we are interdicted from expressing a desire for anything other than the status quo. 

We only need to look at popular discourse in British media, to see how the term republican is typically used when discussing anti-British rule activists in Northern Ireland. It is a most conniving usage of the word, aimed to discredit anyone opposed to the status quo of the British political system. Suddenly a republican is automatically anti-British. 

These are the things that the Republic pressure group and those who sympathise with the need for a genuinely democratic system in this country must do battle against in order to win the hearts and minds of their fellow citizens. Street parties and the Royal Wedding will be presented as the fairy tale and feel-good event of our lives, but we must rise above the pomp and circumstance, and recognise that the event is the most profound deception. 

It seeks to gloss over the fundamentally undemocratic and exclusivist nature of our political system, by presenting itself with extravagant fanfare and deceiving us by declaring that its fanciful nature is what distinguishes us from the rest of the world. 

Style is one thing, substance is another.

If you happen to live in or around Camden Borough, I implore you to contact the council to express your distaste at their political discrimination and remind them of their responsibility to uphold the democratic principles of free expression. 

After all, in David Cameron's own words, Republic, like the rest of Britons, should have equal opportunity to "get on and party."


Edit (13/4/2011): Further to my last entry, here is a speech by David Cameron as delivered by ITN News, confirming his sudden interest in the exploits of the layperson on the day of the wedding. Too bad his party goodwill/contempt of local councils' remits doesn't extend to the case of the Republic pressure group.

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