Fṛm Đ Gardịn: I have never felt more lonely in my republicanism, or more wedded to it

‘While the Queen’s death has entrenched my republicanism, it seems to have done the opposite to much of the country.’ Photograph: Reuters
‘Ẃl ɖ Qīn’z deʈ hz intrenćt mî rpublic̣nizm, it sīmz t hv dn ɖ oṗzit t mć v ɖ cuntri.’ Foṭgraf: Rôtrz

I hv nvr flt mor lonli in mî rpublic̣nizm, or mor wedd t it

(Transcription of an article published in the Guardian on 20 September 2022)

F y apruv v ɖ cuṛnt sistm, y’r cmitd t prizrvñ iniqoḷti, ẃɖr yr roylizm z ‘soft’ or nt

Moya Lothian-McLean

Moia Loɖịn-McLīn, Tyzde 20 Sptmbr 2022

I  hv olwz harbrd a sīcrit fir ɖt I cd b a “soft roylist”. Ɖ ingrīdịnts wr ol ɖr: I’m a hisṭribuf hu z faṣnetd bî ɖ maṣ́neśnz – n sordid gosip – srǎndñ Britn’z monarcs v yor; I hv a wìcnis fr nstalja; I ǒn ɖ updetd vrśn v Tīna Brǎn’z 2007 bạgraficl oṗs v Dîana, Prinsis v Wêlz. I hv no ptiklr prsnl dslîc v ɖ roylz az indivijlz n I hv faund mslf fīlñ trūli simṗʈetic, sć az ẃn Qīn Iliẓbʈ II lost hr huzbnd v 73 yirz jrñ locdǎn.

Bt ɖ past 12 dez hv rvild jst hǎ stōnć mî rpublicn prínsiplz riyli r; ɖe forṭfaid ɖm, in fact. It sīmz obvịs: rɖr ɖn pasñ ɖ septr, w śd b tecñ ɖs oṗtyṇti t ʈro it on t ɖ scraphīp v hisṭri. Nvr hz ɖ fix́n v a dvîn rît t rūl sīmd so ʈredbér.

Sanwijd btwn wōl-t-wōl cuṿrij peyñ tribyt t ɖ dsist moṇc, or ɖ lîv blogz dsctñ ɖ mīnñ v ɖ prl ćocr sportd bî ɖ Prinsis v Wêlz in Wsminstr Abi, multipl storiz tsṭfî t ɖ sspnśn v comn-sns rqîrd t mnten ɖ xistns v ɖ roylz, jusṭfayñ canṣlñ medicl apôntmnts in ɖ midl v a dedli NHS baclog, or argywñ fr ɖ rît v ɖ ny cñ nt t pe inheritnstax on ɖ hundṛdz v miłnz h hz inheṛtd fṛm hiz muɖr.

Yt ẃl riax́n t ɖ Qīn’z deʈ hz intrenćt mî rpublic̣nizm, it sīmz t hv dn ɖ oṗzit t mć v ɖ cuntri. Ɖ oṿẃlmñ mît v tṛdiśn hz wrct its heɉmonic majic n ralid s’port fr ɖ roylz, īvn amñ mî pirz, ɖ mć tǎtd “yuñ Brits” hu hd s’pozidli “trnd ɖer bacs on ɖ moṇci”.

YGuv poulñ fṛm 11 Sptmbr faund ɖt ẃl 18- t 25-yir-olds wr mor unśur abt ɖ moṇci ɖn oldr cohorts, 40% stl s’portd its xistns; ɖs figr hits 53% amñ 25- t 49-yir-olds. Cñ Ćarlz hz injoid a sgnificnt būst in popylaṛti sins sufixñ hiz nem wɖ III – ɖ sem srve faund ɖ psntij v ppl wilñ t agri wɖ ɖ stetmnt ɖt h wd “mc a gd cñ” hd incrist fṛm 32% in Me t 63% last wīc. Yungr rspondnts r les ifysiv in ɖer s’port fr him, bt it z stl ɖr.

Deta olso sjsts ɖt rpublicn sntimnts hld ẃl yungr r lîcli t b irodd bî ej. Onli 14% v undr-35z wr wilñ t se ɖ moṇci wz “vri importnt” t Britn in 2021, in contrast wɖ 44% v ɖoz ejd 55 n ovr. Acordñ t ɖ poulmevn Jon Crtis, ɖs z a historicl patn – ɖt gap z mć ɖ sem az it wz in 1994. Ɖoz hu hv cōśnd rpublicnz isnṣ́li t wêt ǎt a śort-trm būst v s’port fr ɖ roylz aftr ɖ Qīn’z deʈ me fînd ɖmslvz dis’pôntd.

Īvn armd wɖ ɖt riylizm, it z stl jarñ t woć so mni fōl intu lîn, on cy. Ɖr r difṛnt subsx́nz, v cors: fṛm ɖ dîhard, cmitd Roylists-wɖ-a-capitl-R, t ɖoz hu clem rpublicn tndnsiz bt hv faund ɖmslvz cpić̣letñ in ɖ fes v ɖ stet mśīn, siyñ it az a marc v “rspct” t Iliẓbʈ nt t activli opoz ɖ cntinyeśn v ɖ moṇci via hr sun.

Mini culćrworz r pleyñ ǎt via public mōrnñ. Az a frend ʈiyrîzd rlịr ɖs wīc, fr sm (mostli sntrist n rîtwñ mīdịpundits, it hz t b sd) moṇcizm hz bcm a mīnz v “leftbaśñ” – si ɖ lîcs v Dan Wŭtn v GB Nyz, hu hz loñ perd hiz tîrsm “wor on wouc” wɖ royl cuṿrij so sic̣fantic y sspct īvn ɖ Winzrz me fînd it dstestfl. Wn inṭrestñ x’sîz in tracñ p’liticl fragmnteśn z lcñ at ɖ s’portrz v ɖ preśrgrūp Rpublic fṛm 2012 – it’s hard t imajin ɖoz nemz ynîtñ fr eni comn cōz tde.

Ɖen ɖr’z ɖ “roylist or nt, it’s hard nt t b muvd bî ɖs seḷbreśn v ɖ Qīn” aproć, ẃć sīmz t includ yungr ppl wontñ t ptec v sm – partli mańfacćrd – c’lectiv fīlñ. It’s a sriyl fīlñ t b sudnli so ǎt on a lim fr ʈncñ: “Wel, acć̣li, it’s vri īzi nt t b muvd.” F I’m muvd t eni ptiklr imośn, it z angr ɖt inforst mōrnñ wl brñ frɖr suḟrñ t ɖ olrdi struġlñ, ɖt dsntñ vôsz r biyñ rprest, ɖt ɖ consept v “rspct” z biyñ invoct bî so mni n yt afordd t so fy.

On Saṭde, I pśt mî we ʈru ʈroñz v royl mōrnrz in sntṛl Lundn on mî we t a smōlr gaɖ̇rñ, jst yardz awe, ǎtsd Ny Scotḷnd Yard. Ɖ demo wz t protest at ɖ p’līs śūtñ v an unarmd 24-yir-old Blac man, Cris Kaba. Az w std ɖr, liṣnñ t ɖ hart-ec v Kaba’z b’rivd faṃli n frendz, alñ wɖ reḷtivz v sm v ɖ 1,833 ppl hu hv daid aftr contact wɖ ɖ p’līs in Ñgḷnd n Wêlz in ɖ past 32 yirz, a wmn stōct past n śǎtd, “Smwn’z muɖr hz daid.”

It wz a momnt so sriyl, ɖ vayḷns – n I d’nt yz ɖt wrd lîtli – v it so śocñ, it wz hard t fŭli comprihnd. Ɖ sntimnt, so ofn sîḷnt hd bn utrd, lǎd n clir. Wn lîf z nt īql t anɖr. T liv in a cuntri guvnd bî roylti mīnz fiylti nt jst in dīd bt in ʈt. It mīnz a cmitmnt – ofn unconśs – t prizrvñ ineqti, ẃɖr ɖ roylizm z “soft” or nt. Phps sm de sn, rpublic̣nizm wl rgen its nonparṭzan ftñ. Bt untl ɖen, I nǒ ẃr I stand, n I hv nvr bn mor śr v biyñ wedd t sć an unpopylr b’lif.

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Moia Loɖịn-McLīn z a cntribytñ editr at Novara Mīdia

Instroduction to Ñspel

21/09/2022

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