The Jubilee celebrations and their accompanying hysteria all demonstrate Britain’s exclusive and narrow minded approach as to what really is British. There is a great section of British society that is not reflected in what seems to be a collective effort by some to return to the good old days and retro Britannia. Such an attitude doesn’t help address the needs of modern Britain today, a society rife with tension on all levels, whether that be class or race.
Let us not pretend for a second that what made Britain great was strong exports of crab apple punch and Devonshire clotted cream. This “great” society was built on the backs of colonised communities all over the globe, of whose diaspora continually contributes to the British economy and workforce. The Jubilee celebrations do not reflect this fact. Neither do they reflect the toil and sweat of British people of all races struggling in a class system where social mobility is further grinding to a halt.