Getting personal

Sunday 28 January 2007 9:07 PM

I'm hardly a monarchist, but I found Tony Boyle's anonymous jibe at the Queen (Letters, 29/1) simply crass and offensive. Technically, yes it was a clever literary device, making a valid point by a play on a prominent slogan. ("Where the bloody hell are you?") But it fails the basic tests of maturity and decency by belittling not just the office but the person who holds it. As such it diminishes the republican cause and dishonours all Australians. Our constitutional Monarchy may warrant some robust satire; the Queen does not. The issue, Tony, not the person.