Anti-Royal Humbug 1 & 2

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We are all used to members of the Royal family being crudely criticised by certain Australian republicans but the language of a staff member of Britain’s British Council beats even our republicans.  Angela Gibbins, a senior executive with the council, has taken to Facebook to refer to Prince George, who has just celebrated his 3rd birthday, as a ‘f****** d***head’. (Daily Mail - 29/7/2016)
In her savage Facebook rant — about little Prince George — she contrasts what she calls the ‘white privilege’ of his life with that of a typical three-year-old Syrian refugee and laments that the young Royal is living on ‘public money’. (Daily Mail - 29/7/2016)
As a matter of fact, neither Prince George nor his father, the Duke of Cambridge are paid from the public purse. But that is not the point. What is, is that a British Council official whose duty is to promote British culture and education has taken to the Internet to vent her warped ideology on the rest of the world.
The 52-year-old Angela Gibbins, who manages the British Council’s global property assets on a salary of £80,000 (A$140,000) a year describes herself as a ‘socialist, atheist and republican’.
The British Council is partly funded by the British taxpayer, so who is actually living on the public purse?
At only 3 years of age, Prince George cannot defend himself but we can and I urge you to write to the British Council to object to the vile language used by this self-described socialist, atheist and republican woman. You can contact the British Council in Australia to express your views as follows:
Helen O'Neil
Country Director
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Charlotte Beveridge
Communications Manager
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Erin Gale
Education Projects Manager
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Postal address
British Council
PO Box 88
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Or you can write to the British Council in the UK:
British Council
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Yours sincerely,
Philip Benwell
National Chair
Australian Monarchist League


Must admit I gave up reading Peter Goers years ago but upon receiving his 3/7/2016 Sunday Mail rant from a supporter thought I would respond to it.  It is a typical Goers article meant to play on some readers’ prejudices, but light on with accurate facts.

“Hypocritical, selfish Britain: Land of no hope nor glory” was his headline but it was the dig at the Royal family that got most of my attention:

“England has a German ruling royal house (Saxe-Coburg and Gotha) which desires more sovereignty, more power and less Europe”

There is a lot of history Peter has left out when referring to the house of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, but let’s start with his own surname’s history.  As far as I can ascertain, his surname has German and/or Dutch origins.  In which case, his own family origins could be German or Dutch.  An internet search dis-uncovered:

“Goers” Name Meaning
North German (Görs): patronymic from Goer, a Low German form of the Latin personal name Gregorius (see Gregory).
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

As to Anglo-Saxon language origins
Old English is a West Germanic language, developing out of Ingvaeonic (also known as North Sea Germanic) dialects from the 5th century. It came to be spoken over most of the territory of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms which became the Kingdom of England.
Old English - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Many a pleasant Sunday afternoon have I spent browsing through the work of such men as L.A. Waddell and Owen Barfield who had such an interest in the history of English words.

As an example, Online Etymology Dictionary informs us of the relationship between the modern word ‘brother’ and the Indo-European languages:

“A highly stable word across the Indo-European languages. In the few cases where other words provide the sense, it is where the cognate of brother had been applied widely to "member of a fraternity," or where there was need to distinguish "son of the same mother" and "son of the same father." E.g. Greek adelphos, probably originally an adjective with frater and meaning, specifically, "brother of the womb" or "brother by blood;" and Spanish hermano "brother," from Latin germanus "full brother." As a familiar term of address from one man to another, it is attested from 1912 in U.S. slang; the specific use among blacks is recorded from 1973.”
brother (n.)
“Old English broþor, from Proto-Germanic *brothar (source also of Old Norse broðir, Danish broder, Old Frisian brother, Dutch broeder, German Bruder, Gothic bróþar), from PIE root *bhrater (source also of Sanskrit bhrátár-, Old Persian brata, Greek phratér, Latin frater, Old Irish brathir, Welsh brawd, Lithuanian broterelis, Old Prussian brati, Old Church Slavonic bratru, Czech bratr "brother").” 

Why Peter!  Who knows, if you were able to trace your own family’s tribal origins, you might find a link to our own Royal family!
Betty Luks



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