The Queen’s diamond jubilee marks Old Lizzie watching the throne for a mere 60 years. Enough to make Jay Z jealous, and to warrant a bank holiday ‘double rollover’ weekend.
The bank holiday also marks the 35th anniversary of the Sex Pistols’ iconic ‘God Save the Queen’, which is being re-released to mark the occasion, along with a Facebook campaign to get the single to number one.
Alas over time names change, as do opinions. Interestingly enough John ‘Johnny Rotten’ Lydon has distanced himself from the event – “I am pleased that the Sex Pistols recordings are being put out there for a new generation, however I wish for no part in the circus that is being built up around it.” but what we can hold steady is that old Liz will be sitting on throne until she’s wheeled out feet first and the next BBC royalist patriotic bonanza will be the old girls funeral.
What’s even more interesting though is that even though 35 years have passed, the UK’s general social and economic situation has been put on a recycle spin setting, with recession, high youth unemployment and an ever widening class divide.
To quote ‘God Save the Queen’; ‘No future, no future, No future for you, No future, no future, No future for me’. A sentiment that rings as true in 2012 as it did in 1977.
But you know what, heck – there’s a double bank holiday to enjoy. You can toast to the Queen with a plastic champagne glass at one of those street parties with union jack bunting and sausage rolls being held all over the country. Chin chin suckas!