The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George are home, but the endless drivel does not look to be ending any time soon. The media seem titillated with the footage of the baby enjoying a trip to the zoo and the Duke and Duchess playing cricket as it seems to normalise them and give us a way of relating to a couple so detached from us.
It was nice to see the royal delegation enjoying themselves, but what purpose does it really serve? We hardly need to stimulate trade with Australia seeing as they are a member of the Commonwealth with a multitude of links to us. Do we need to be reminded every three weeks that there are new, youthful, energetic and somewhat photogenic royals in comparison to the dreary, scandal ridden older royals? The royal wedding and the baby fever certainly made it impossible to escape this blast of patriotism, but it only seems to be distracting from bigger issues.
We have EU elections coming up in May; parties are mobilising to get your vote. We have the rising threat of UKIP’s xenophobic, factionalising rhetoric. There is a continent starving and rife with disease and death. Tensions in the Middle East have hardly lowered, and Syria is looking like a ceaseless Civil War. Domestically people are relying on food banks because of a lack of jobs, living wage and support. It is not right to concentrate so much media attention on one celebrity couple.
…The royal wedding and the baby fever certainly made it impossible to escape this blast of patriotism…
The power of the media spotlight was shown last week when a newspaper attempted to vilify food banks- this backfired and donations have soared. The media is a powerful entity, but it seems content to focus on mindless coverage. The royal family has its place in the UK, but it is not right that in a time where people are struggling to survive day-to-day that so much attention is lavished on so little.
The royal family do commendable levels of charity work, raising money, publicity or support to a myriad of different organisations. This work seems to be forgotten in the public domain; the media seems to care about what Kate wore to the charity event rather than what that charity stands for. Equally a photo of Prince William and Harry playing football for a children’s charity will raise interest, but not for the charity.
…The media is a powerful entity, but it seems content to focus on mindless coverage…
The royal family are generally good, and they cannot be blamed for the never ending cascade of stories around them, but the agenda setters in news organisations should realise that there is far more to the royal family than the youthful and photogenic distractions from the misery of the day.