There was little news on the news last week. It was all puff about that baby. If it didn’t turn you into a republican, nothing will. Why was so much attention paid in other countries to the birth of a baby in England? Is it because the notion of a royal family is so out-of-date? Do people in modern countries think it’s quaint? Probably.
What is there to report about a baby’s birth? The bare facts weren’t enough to fill the extended news programmes. Reporters had to pad it out with puff. They even interviewed the sad individuals who’d camped outside Buckingham Palace and St Mary’s Hospital. Some of them said they hadn’t slept since they’d set up camp two weeks earlier but they were so excited they still had enough energy to sing, “The Hokey Cokey”!
Meanwhile, the official notice informed us that “The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth,” as were Mr Marcus Setchell, Surgeon-Gynaecologist, Mr Guy Thorpe-Beeston, Obstetrician and Dr Sunit Godambe, Consultant Neonatologist. So, no privilege there then! Presumably any female medical staff present at the birth, weren’t important enough to get a mention. And, did the Duke have to pay car parking charges at the hospital like other expectant fathers have to? We don’t think so. Still, it’s uncivil to be churlish. The birth of any baby is a miracle. And, for some sad people here, it’s a bonus that young Cambridge’s arrival will provide an extra day with the Union Jack flying in Belfast. It’s an ill wind that does nobody any good, as they say. Anyway, it’ll be a long time before the new prince becomes King of England. Do you think he’ll get to rule over this part of Ireland?