1953: Queen of New Zealand in New Zealand
December 23, 2018
Today in history, 23 December, 1953: 113 years after becoming a British colony New Zealand’s Head of State paid their first ever visit. This, of course, was in the person of Queen Elizabeth II aboard the SS Gothic.
This wonderful picture of the gun salute that day from Fort Cautley was provided by Bombardier Willis (who was on duty that day) via Brett Curtis; Timespanner post. Last time I was there (Sep 2018) I tried to re-create it..
Anarchists, of course, are opposed to having a Head of State along with being opposed to there being a body of State or ghost of a State or even a wiff of a state. However, from a pragmatic standpoint my own opinion is that our Monarchy serves a useful purpose. It ties up destructive politcal energy into Dead Weight Loss that would otherwise be let loose on the people. Likewise, we were better off with an Upper House because it provided a useful conveyor belt to neutralise and contain ageing paracites rather than let them run loose as we now do.