Rosie Boycott: Well, I'm going on a boat, which I'm very excited about. We'll be one of 1,000 boats on the Thames. It'll be incredibly good fun. It's something I will remember for ever. And having got an invite, why on earth would you turn it down?
Joan Smith: Well, I'm very thrilled that I'm going to be speaking at a protest rally on the South Bank. Around 4pm, as the Queen's barge passes, I'll be making a republican speech.
RB: And will the Queen be able to hear the republican speech?
JS: That's not the point.*chuckle* At least we were spared a tirade about 'empty pageantry', which is just as well...
Mind you, it seems the picture Joanie paints of Her Maj, despite her best efforts to portray her as out of touch, shows her to be a very astute lady indeed:
JS: ...My own observations of the Queen are that she isn't actually good at her job. I've seen her at Buckingham Palace garden parties – I was introduced to her once at a Christmas party. I said "hello" and smiled at her, and she looked absolutely aghast.Heh! As well she might...
It seems our Joanie would rather see the Beckhams installed as Royal Couple for the New Millenium, if thwarted in her first choice of Peter Tatchell :
RB: OK let's take the royal wedding. The image of Kate and William, as the new British golden couple went all around the world. Does it piss you off that this is what the world sees of us?
RB: But for a lot of people it's a source of pleasure, in the same way that looking at Posh and Becks is a source of pleasure.
JS: But we've come out of the feminist movement, and the idea that the pinnacle of what this country admires and aspires to is a very traditional marriage between somebody who wears a military uniform and someone who doesn't actually have a job is uncomfortable.There you have it - words of 'wisdom' from the feminist movement: don't even think of being accepted if your wife or husband is in the Forces and you are 'unemployed'.