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To feel extremely bloody proud to be British today?

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hehitmeanditfeltlikeakiss Sat 19-May-18 14:29:53

I take our country for granted because I live in a town that is the polar opposite of what Windsor looks like. But wow - watching the Royal family today I got shivers down my spine and felt so overwhelmed with emotion.

In the past I've looked at ways of emigrating because I've been fed up of living here, but I've just realised that it's a free country and to feel better about life I can actually make the move and go and live somewhere nicer (ok, maybe not Windsor but still).

We're so lucky aren't we?

SpitefulMidLifeAnimal Sat 19-May-18 14:34:42

Oh for fucks sake, this is what they WANT us to think!

I got shivers down my own spine the other day when I read that whilst MM's dress cost the taxpayer around 30k, it would have been 22k to clad Grenfell in suitable materials.

So whilst we do have the freedom that other countries take for granted, we're still being trampled on from above.

EdmundCleverClogs Sat 19-May-18 14:35:05

Couldn’t this have been added to the billion of other boring as hell wedding threads?

SayImADreamer Sat 19-May-18 14:35:34

Well thats the whole point of these things.

To keep people living in shit towns from rising up out of a false sense of comfort taken from a national fiction.

Bombardier25966 Sat 19-May-18 14:36:03

Homelessness has increased 50% since 2010.
Thousands of families are reliant on foodbanks.
Tens of thousands are in substandard rented accommodation and will never be able to buy.
The NHS and social care services are woefully underfunded, and disabled and elderly people are having to struggle with no support as a result.

I doubt any of those people will be feeling so lucky today, but I'm glad you've had a nice time.

SilverySurfer Sat 19-May-18 14:36:48

I agree with you OP, Ignore the whiny, moany republicans. Our country was on show today and shone.

Eolian Sat 19-May-18 14:38:03

I don't get it. Yes we have lots to be thankful for compared with many countries in the world, but what on earth does the royal wedding have to do with that?

Onlyoldontheoutside Sat 19-May-18 14:38:19

MMs dress didn't cost the tax payers a penny.
And to suggest that no one no one should enjoy themselves,be happy,spend money because that is letting down other people who cannot do the same is ridiculous and achieves nothing.

Ihatebuildabear Sat 19-May-18 14:39:24

Agree bombardier I feel utterly ashamed to be British.

PurpleDaisies Sat 19-May-18 14:41:49

Yes we have lots to be thankful for compared with many countries in the world, but what on earth does the royal wedding have to do with that?

This with bells on.

hehitmeanditfeltlikeakiss Sat 19-May-18 14:44:12

I could have added it to one of the other threads, yes. But why would I do that when I can start my own? smile

Yes, bad things are happening in this country (and all over the rest of the world) on a daily basis.. but does that mean we shouldn't appreciate the positive things in life and be happy? What does being bitter and miserable achieve?

Whether you like the Royal family or not, they're a huge part of this country and today will go down in history whether you spend the day with a face like a slapped arse or not.

ThroughThickAndThin01 Sat 19-May-18 14:44:17

I agree with you OP.

Twofishfingers Sat 19-May-18 14:44:34

The hypocrisy of it all just shocks me. Why on earth were there two Gurkha riffles outside the church when we all know how badly the family of Girkha soldiers have been treated over the years by the UK government? The wealth displayed is just shocking, considering just how many homeless people we have in this country. Sure, you can be proud of it all. I am certainly not. I find it rather embarrassing.

traciebanbanjo Sat 19-May-18 14:45:54

Yes let's celebrate we have one of the most unequal societys in the Western world thanks to people born into wealth.

HateIsNotGood Sat 19-May-18 14:47:27

Agree OP - just posted similar on a different thread.

kalapattar Sat 19-May-18 14:48:24

Royalty is like opium for the masses.

Still, if you like staring at and keeping them in their gilded cages, then as long as it keeps you happy, you go on enjoying them.

ThroughThickAndThin01 Sat 19-May-18 14:49:15

Oh I will.

EdmundCleverClogs Sat 19-May-18 14:49:25

but does that mean we shouldn't appreciate the positive things in life and be happy?

How on Earth is this a ‘positive thing’? Two people got married, very nice for them. I mean the poor homeless that were forcibly shoved out of the way probably don’t feel all the lovely gooey things you’re privileged to, but there we go.

No ‘faced like a slapped arsed’ here, had a lovely day until I made the mistake of logging in to MN thinking the whole thing was over, but of course the lunacy seems to be continuing all day.

Bombardier25966 Sat 19-May-18 14:50:29

It's not about being bitter and miserable, it's about being realistic. How lucky do you think the people that are struggling as a result of the actions of our country (not just the government, we could all be kinder to others) are feeling today?

If you want to think about how lucky we are, whether we should be proud of our country, please take a few minutes to read about Sandra Burns. Tell me what we have to be proud about, in the knowledge that is how vulnerable people are being treated every single day.

fullponty Sat 19-May-18 14:51:01

Bread and circuses.

Bombardier25966 Sat 19-May-18 14:53:00

For anyone wrapped up in royal wedding fluffiness, please make a commitment today to help someone else. Perhaps that's a neighbour that needs extra support, or giving a donation to a food bank, or even better, giving some hours to a charity. That's stuff to be proud of, not some randoms getting married.

Slartybartfast Sat 19-May-18 14:54:04

Pomp and ceremony, we do it well

MsGameandWatching Sat 19-May-18 14:54:26

I agree with you OP, Ignore the whiny, moany republicans. Our country was on show today and shone.

Indeed. It was certainly a lot tidier in Windsor after all those scruffy homeless types had been moved on.

Agustarella Sat 19-May-18 14:54:38

Some great replies on here, and I speak as someone for whom royal weddings are a guilty pleasure.

"What does being bitter and miserable achieve? " It gives you the impetus to look for a better life elsewhere. It has done for me, anyway.

kalapattar Sat 19-May-18 14:55:12

We're so lucky aren't we

Some people are. Some people aren't.

I think being born into the Royal Family probably comes with some advantages.

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