The Brits and their Queen

Avatar do usuário Henry Cunha 9960 2 17 177
Lendo um artigo no Guardian sobre o filme The King's Speech, achei interessante essa opinião do articulista sobre o impacto da Rainha na imaginação do povo. Fiquei imaginando essa personagem ter tido a oportunidade de se reunir semanalmente com todos os primeiro-ministros do país, desde os anos 50...

"Consider this fact: the Queen has met weekly with 12 prime ministers – and the first of these was Churchill, a figure as giant and remote from most younger Britons as Nelson or Wellington.

This is central to the grip the Queen continues to exert on our collective imagination: she is a living connection to the event that has become our founding story, indeed, she is the last public figure anywhere in the world with a genuine tie to the second world war. That, alongside a longevity which makes her a rare constant in the memories of young and old alike, is one reason why republicans will never find support for a move against her."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree ... -war-queen
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Avatar do usuário Marcio_Farias 12350 1 22 206
[...] That, alongside a longevity which makes her a rare constant in the memories of young and old alike, is one reason why republicans will never find support for a move against her."

I like that long appositive clause. You know one when you see one.
Avatar do usuário Henry Cunha 9960 2 17 177
This present Queen, like the first Elizabeth, is obviously dear to the heart of the British. She is symbolic of what it means to be British, I think. But republicanism isn't the only option for a head of state in a parliamentary democracy. I kind of like the Canadian approach to naming governors-general, whose principal duty is to resolve which party should form the government. Governors-general are appointed by the prime minister in council, and a series of very distinguished Canadians have held the post. The last two were women, both immigrants to Canada, both career CBC news and current affairs correspondents. The new one was a university president. Just as the Queen suits British traditions and sensibilities, our governors-general reflect how Canadians imagine the essence of their country.