Bristol Rovers manager Joey Barton has called for the Queen to be the last monarch, slammed the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee competition, saying it goes against the current cost of living crisis and said he was “embarrassed” by people trying to get the honors.
Barton took to Twitter to share his views with his 2.8 million followers today (Sunday, June 5). He said the current Queen should be the last to rule the UK as “2022”.
Ross Rovers have previously described the Queen and the Monarchy as “an absurd concept” in the run-up to the Platinum Jubilee. The past four days have seen a grand celebration honoring the Queen’s 70 years of service to her country, culminating today with a performance outside Buckingham Palace.
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Mr Barton tweeted: “People are hungry. People are struggling to make ends meet. They’re scrambling to find a way to live, a way to survive and we’re throwing a big party? The Queen gave him back a great service She should be the last to rule over us. It’s 2022.”
In another tweet, the former QPR, Manchester City and England midfielder said he’s seen too much ‘kissing and crawling in recent days for an MBE/OBE or Knighthood, it’s scary”.
He continued, “It’s actually embarrassing. Put your tongues aside and live your life. You’ll always be a clown to them. Just a clown with letters before or after your name.”
In a sarcastic move, Barton changed his own Twitter name to Sir Joseph of Barton OBE/MBE. Barton, from Merseyside, is no stranger to giving his philosophical thoughts on everything from politics to Nietzsche, and even appeared once on BBC Question Time in 2014.
He also tweeted: “Surely we know now what they didn’t know then. No one is born better than anyone else! The birth lottery that some of these people won should end. Maybe it years ago, when people were clearly less educated, you can do that. Don’t you think that’s absurd these days?”
He then tweeted: “Surely we don’t think the Royals were sent by the gods? Surely no one in their right mind does. What is protected? A bloodline? A legacy? History? Ne can’t we function without a Queen/King? History will laugh at us. With all our technology and science.”
Barton’s tweet about the monarchy and the queen isn’t exactly out of place for a man who once appeared in a Morrissey video and was made an honorary fellow of the National Secular Society after saying that if he was Prime Minister, he would cut all public funding of religion and dissociate the Church of England from the British state.
Barton is currently enjoying the post-season break after leading his Rovers side to promotion to League One, secured in the dying minutes of the season with a stunning 7-0 victory over Scunthorpe United.