The Diamond Jubilee could have been so different, if only HM Queen Elizabeth II had married miners’ leader Arthur Scargill instead of Philip.
And the view from behind the sandwich counter is this:
The Queen should have married Arthur Scargill. Then we’d have someone to fight for and someone to fight for us.
The working class have been squeezed out of the picture. It could have been so different.
Or would it have been? Arthur Scargill and Prince Philip are not as different as you might think.
- They’re both known for cutting themselves on their sharp tongues. Philip: To then dictator of Paraguay, General Stroessner: “It’s a pleasure to be in a country that isn’t ruled by its people.”Arthur: “Only a fool wants a confrontation and only a fool wants a strike.”
They’ve both shovelled coal. Arthur down Woolley Colliery. Philip in the boiler room of the RMS Empress of Russia.
- Philip was mentioned in despatches for his role in the Battle of Cape Matapan. Arthur was renowned for his defiance at the Battles of Satley Gate and Orgreave.
- Arthur was branded “the enemy within”. Philip’s relations and sisters were barred from his wedding because of their German connections.
- Both have been smeared in connection with the British secret services - Arthur accused of taking bribes from Libya – Philip of ordering the killing of Princess Diana.
Philip is a prince. Arthur was dubbed “King Arthur” by his supporters.
- Both followed in their fathers’ footsteps. Philip is a prince like his dad. Arthur was a miner like his dad.
Blimey! It’s like The Prince and the Pauper. They’re doppelgangers who could have swapped places at any point over the past 40 or so years.
Who knows? Maybe they did!
Perhaps that was Philip striding up and down in front of the line of police riot shields. Look closely now. Squint. You see it? Can’t rule it out , can you? Which means Arthur could be the one to blame for those slitty eyes comments.
It also suggests that the Queen has been… Well… Indulging in a bit of monarch a trois.
(I thought I had invented that phrase. Oh clever me. But someone else got their first. And has actually managed to photograph a monarch a trois happening. Bit unexpected. I won’t mention which monarchs they are. And as this is a family blog, you’ll have to click here to see the photo.)
Of course, neither Arthur nor Philip are a patch on the Princess Elizabeth’s dashing escort in Belfast.