A Royal Salute to the Commonwealth Essay

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Essay: A royal salute to the Commonwealth The author of the text A royal salute to the Commonwealth is Peter Oborne. Peter Oborne is a British journalist and political commentator, who is known for his harsh commentary on the hypocrisy of the politicians of today. The text we've read is generally a praising of the Commonwealth as well as a hatchet job on the contemporary politicians of Britain. It is indeed clear to the reader how Peter Oborne feels about this particular topic. Oborne starts off by presenting his view on the Duke and Duchess' visit to Canada in relation to their inaugural royal visit. He makes it clear that he thinks of Canada as a fellow country so to speak - he says that "it is like visiting family rather than some foreign country". This is mentioned to give an analogy to the Commonwealth, and to point out that every country in the Commonwealth are to be considered family. After this short praising of the Commonwealth, Oborne, quite negatively, starts talking about how some contemporary politicians think of the Commonwealth as a "meaningless relic of our imperial past". The text says that "Blair regarded traditional British values and identities as xenophobic, if not racist", which definitely shows the hatred Peter Oborne has towards New Labour and Tony Blair. He uses words with negative connotations to describe the British politicians, e.g. when he says "But I would argue that it is Tony Blair and Gordon Brown's poodle-like relationship with the United States...", whereas he on the other hand uses positive words connected to strength and freedom to describe the Commonwealth; "Such is the invisible strength of the Commonwealth, the association of independent countries". To substantiate his point of view, Oborne gives the reader some inarguable facts in the following passage: "... just under two billion people, approximately one third of the

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