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Socialist Historians say the coverage of Prince Philip’s death suggests ‘there is no future in England’s dreaming’

In Uncategorized on April 10, 2021 by kmflett

London Socialist Historians Group

10th April

Contact Dr Keith Flett 07803 167266

Socialist Historians say the coverage of Prince Philip’s death suggests ‘there is no future in England’s dreaming’

The London Socialist Historians Group, which organises the socialist history seminar at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London, has said that coverage of the death of Prince Philip, aged 99 on 9th April, has reflected a lack of understanding that the Royal Family has rarely had a consensus of support in Britain.

The historians say that socialist historians, perhaps particularly, have sometimes kept away from researching and understanding the nature of patriotism in the working class and the links this has had to Conservatism.

However since at least the Falklands War in the early 1980s History Workshop and many others have done considerable work in this area.

This is more than balanced by the reality however that there remains little official recognition of the strength of anti-monarchist sentiment and the links certain elements of patriotism can have to racist ideas.

Willie Hamilton (1917-2000)who was Labour MP for Fife constituencies between 1950 and 1987 was known for example for his anti-Royalist sentiments and in his 1975 book The Queen and I was mildly rude about various Royals including Prince Charles who he labelled a twerp.

In 1977 on the Queen’s Silver Jubilee, the Sex Pistols God Save The Queen which contained the line ‘there is no future in England’s Dreaming’ is believed to have reached No.1 in the official charts but was denied the status.

London Socialist Historians convenor Dr Keith Flett said, there are of course plenty of historical examples of anti-monarchism but Prince Philip passed away in 2021 and even in recent history the question of Royalty is a contested one. This needs to be reflected and understood in any national reaction to his death otherwise as the Sex Pistols sang there will no ‘future in England’s Dreaming’

One Response to “Socialist Historians say the coverage of Prince Philip’s death suggests ‘there is no future in England’s dreaming’”

  1. […] image of a country that no longer exists and whose time is anyway long past. As someone once sang, there is no future in England’s dreaming: a long-lost (and increasingly contested) past cannot be recreated in service of a nation’s […]

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