A Royal Salute to the Commonwealth Essays

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A Royal Salute to The Commonwealth by Peter Oborne

“A royal salute to the Commonwealth” is an article about the Commonwealth countries and what the organisation can do for Britain. Oborne claims that previous governments haven’t taken the Commonwealth seriously, and subsequently Commonwealth hasn’t been allowed to evolve into the organisation it could’ve been. Peter Oborne feels that this is a shame, because he sees the Commonwealth as an enormous opportunity in the light of societies realities. These realities consist mostly of Britain’s role in EU, UN and NATO and the consequences these organisations have brought with them – EU’s financial troubles, Britain’s involvement in many wars as a part of their role and placement In the
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Taken into account that the article was published in the Telegraph, a British newspaper, we can assume that the intended reader of the article is also British, and to some extent conservative. The pathos in the article consists of very positive adjectives and associations towards the Commonwealth, British history and the British monarchy, but very negative adjectives and associations with previous governments and politicians known to downgrade the priority of the Commonwealth. For example Tony Blair and Gordon Brown are described to have a “(…) poodle-like relationship with the United States (…)” (Oborne, 2011, line 28). Tony Blair even regards: “traditional British values and identities as xenophobic, if not racist.” (Oborne, 2011, line 24) The entire New Labour programme in the Labour Party is accused of hating British history (Oborne, 2011, line 19). This is all states as more fact than claims and beliefs on the subject. This continues throughout the text whilst the Commonwealth is described as relevant, independent and promoting humane and democratic values. It is an organisation that “(…) emerged out of the wreckage of the British Empire at the end of the Second World War.” (Oborne, 2011, line 17), while the Queen is described as a talismanic figure who is “wiser than her politicians. (…) She has sustained an institution which retains great value.” (Oborne, 2011, line 91). This

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