Why Jeremy Corbyn shouldn’t be slated for not kneeling for the Queen
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is getting flack for apparently not being willing to kneel in front of HM The Queen in order to become a Privy Councillor. I doubt HM The Queen would care that much… and it’s not that Mr Corbyn’s republican views are a shock to anyone. Principles seem to be rarity in politics these days and although I can’t say I agree with that much of what he has to say, it is nice to see someone saying what he actually thinks for a change and refusing to conform to media norms and being a standard identikit politician.
[Incidentally, I interviewed Prince Edward once for a TV show he was making called Windsor Restored about the restoriation of Windsor Castle after the fire. I told the PR who was setting it up that I wouldn’t do it if I had to call him Sir or bow to him. He was, after all, making a TV show as a TV producer (although I don’t think we need to bow and scrape to minor royals anyway). We greeted each other by shaking hands. He introduced himself as Edward Windsor and I as Steve Clark.
(He went on to be a huge prat and a very unhelpful interviewee.)]
That said, I’ve got a lot of respect for HM The Queen and would probably follow protocol for her… but then I’m not a republican like Jeremy Corbyn.