To be or not to be? This seems to be the question that has recently shuffled its way back into the narrative of our harsh, dry land.
It was not all that long ago that an historic referendum m divided this country. Back then, 1999 felt very different nt to the song another Prince e had served us. We were headed towards the turn of the century. A new beginning as a nation. Y2K was looming. Dial-up was king. One had to wonder to oneself, would the monarchy prevail or, as the Purple One sang, would it be party over, oops out of time?
I voted for the republic back then. It seemed sensible. Like growing up and leaving home, which I had done that decade. cade. I wondered how exciting it would be if we did the same. me.
Still, despite our supposed sed desire to leave the Windsors ors behind, we decided to give e the Commonwealth another her shot, though the result was tight. ht. Cut to 2018 and the republic movement was back. And gaining momentum. This time it was tracking better than ever b before. I was less passionate about it as I’d been as a young man. Inst Instead of a powerful desire to strike o out, I was more inclined t to think, “Yeah, nah, ye yeah, why not?” Li Little did Peter Fitz Fitzsimons’s redb bandana led movement know at the time that we w would be attacked. In Infiltrated. Disarmed to the point of gidd giddy weakness. It was the “yoyals”. They got better. Younger. Cute Cuter. There was no hope for us. Sure Kate and Wills were nice, but then they brought that little George down her here with his adorable bilb bilby-loving face. Give him a sister? Amazing! Let h her be sassy to the med media at a wedding? We want to adopt her. By the time Harry a and his new bride Meghan arrived in Australia last month on their first official tour as a married couple, I’ll admit it, I was weak. Then they told us they were having a baby. Viva la Commonwealth!
Now I couldn’t care less about the republic. I mean look… it’s Royals 2.0. I have to see how this turns out. I want them to be a part of our lives. Don’t you? It works for Canada and they have that cool guy in charge who seems very Instagrammable.
Harry for Governor- General? Sure! Why not? Wills for Minister of Helicopters? Go on. Give Meghan her own television show again? Now we’re cooking.
Sorry, Pete. Maybe next time. David co-hosts Today Extra, 9am weekdays, on the Nine Network.
“Viva la Commonwealth! It works for Canada and they have that cool guy in charge who seems very Instagrammable”