Queen's Funeral: Democracy has abdicated

The death of Elizabeth II would be an opportunity to finally question the continued existence of the British monarchy. But the majority is still missing.

On a coffin covered with flags and flowers lie a scepter, an orb and a crown on a pillow

The state crown on the Queen's coffin Photo: Christian Charisius/dpa

After she is buried, it is enough with the obituaries and the transfigurations. Elizabeth II was not a nice person. She was racist, she was anti-feminist, and she thought she was spiritually above the rest of humanity. She actually said so.

She found no words for an apology for the crimes of British colonial policy, while she Commonwealth always had unctuous speeches. But this shouldn't get too close to her: "Colored immigrants and foreigners" weren't allowed to work in the royal household, according to documents that became public last year. The hiring practice was just as discriminatory when it came to women: the most important posts were all held by men.

However, the Queen did not have to fear being charged with violating anti-discrimination laws. She enjoyed immunity from more than 160 laws. The police were forbidden to enter their lands, they were not allowed to investigate, among other things, because of the - quite justified - suspicion of violation of animal welfare or environmental protection laws.

As a mother, too, she played a rather pathetic role. She never allowed herself to be carried away by any emotion towards her children. After an extended tour of the Commonwealth, for example, she greeted tiny Prince Charles with a cold handshake.

Her death would have been a good opportunity to end the long overdue debate about the survival of the British monarchy respectively. Only Oliver Cromwell managed to abolish the monarchy by a resolution of parliament in 1649. England then became a republic for eleven years. But the parties currently represented in Parliament agree that the monarchy will remain untouched.

After Elizabeth's death nearly the entire nation went into a collective crying fit. Critical hecklers were arrested. It was enough to ask out loud who Charles III. actually voted, only to be thrown to the ground and arrested by the police. Freedom of expression, which is always and rightly demanded for other countries, looks different. Democracy has abdicated in Britain. The monarchy, on the other hand, is far from it.

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