31 December 2012
In Daisy's televised annual speech to the nation on tonight, she came out with a warning against Facebook that is either metaphorical speech about her oldest son and daughter-in-law La Boganista, or it is extremely tone deaf (blind and dumb) to her own life versus that of her people. She accuses Danish youth (and adults by extension) of spending too much time on Facebook, a site she knows nothing about, being somehow proud that she and her family don't make good use of social media and that she herself doesn't use the internet or even a mobile phone. She salutes the people of Greenland and talks about helping them via social welfare investment without any mention at all that 90% of Greenland melted this year, with devestating consequences for the entire world's human, animal and plant life forever. Talk about ignoring the root of the problem (and Danish companies pride themselves on being so energy efficient). Daisy's family is complicit in Danish corporations unbelievable greed with profits that come from outside Denmark, but she'd rather ignore that inconvenient truth.
Entire speech with video: DR (also translated below)
Her Majesty The Queen's New Year's Speech 2012
It's New Year's Eve. In a few hours the bells of the City Hall clock will ring in the new year 2013. It is inevitable, and we look forward to it with hope and expectation, but how it will be, we can not know, either for ourselves or for our society, for Denmark.
We prepare forecasts, we make calculations, we do our best to ensure that events should not surprise us. The new year will always be unknown country. Therefore, it is not only about what will happen, but to a large extent on how we take it.
We Danes have always seen ourselves as an industrious and enterprising people. The society that we have in Denmark has not come by itself. Our society is a result of the efforts we have made over the years to shape the future and progress: Skilled tradesmen have sold Danish goods to distant countries. Intrepid sailors have sailed around the world. Stubborn peasants have cultivated the entirety of Jutland. Industrious labourers and craftsmen have done their bit Denmark has been, as it is today.
How we have jointly developed our society and how we want it to remain. In times of crisis it can seem like overwhelming difficulties and obstacles feel like speed bumps, not to be ignored. Therefore, it can be difficult to look to tomorrow, if you even have to stand outside while the wheels are rolling, and you are out of work or afraid of losing your job. Our society makes in our time a great effort to address these problems. However, we must be careful not only to leave it to the community to make the case. We must always begin with ourselves, with our loved ones and with those we meet on our way. The individual can mean infinitely by an encouraging note, a helping hand, a considerate respect for the other person.
It has always been our strength here in Denmark, we know each other in all directions, and even the geographical distances are small. The crisis that characterise the international community in recent years, and also felt here by us, should call on all our ingenuity and real urge for the benefit of each individual and for our whole society: for our country's future.
In times of adversity, it is not only large, external conditions, we should be aware of. We must also think of how we personally relate to each other and to ourselves. There is a tendency in the past to draw a picture of the perfect life with spouse, children, inspirational work, interesting hobbies, a youthful appearance regardless of age. Who can live up to it all? Why do we do it? We will meet adversity all together before or since. We break the neck of the crises that can strike us, if only the perfect - and superficial - life is good enough!
I think that it is chiefly the young people who are vulnerable. Modern communication with the internet and Facebook have tremendous potential, but there are also dangers associated with it. The very young can be so busy that they virtually live in cyberspace that actually lives on the other hand in a kind of showcase, where more comes to taking out than to be themselves. But the young must reach to be themselves, not only as a group but as the individuals they are. We must help them, not by clearing every stone on their way, but by instilling them with a belief in themselves so that they can succeed in life.
Tomorrow, the first of January, it will be 40 years since Denmark joined the European Community. The European Community became the basis of a Europe in ruins after World War II. It was created in recognition of the fact that there is now to be built up cooperation across borders.
With our entry we did what clearly, that which has always been our condition, both economically and geographically, that we are part of the continent called Europe, the whole of our culture, our history, our everyday lives are characterised by the fact that we are a part of Europe.
It was a big step for us and it has not been contradicted, but it is a fact that our continent with the European community has experienced a revival, all of whom have benefited from, and we have seen a proliferation of peace after centuries of war and strife and mutual distrust. These goods we cherish. This autumn I had the pleasure of making a short visit to Greenland, when the Faroe Islands Command and Greenland Command were merged into the new Arctic Command based in Nuuk. The new command is a testament to the new challenges and opportunities of development that is brought to the Arctic. Greenland especially is facing decisions crucial to the development of society. We must be aware all of us in the North and in the South.
Well located thousands of miles between Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands, but in the commonwealth comes our interconnectedness and reflected shared history. I and my family have always felt closely linked to both Greenland and the Faroe Islands. With those words I send my warmest New Year wishes and greetings to all of Greenland and to all the Faroe Islands. I also send my warm New Year greetings to the Danish minority in South Schleswig. Here the Danish spirit is still alive. It is rooted in ancient traditions, but also lives visibly in the present. As the Danish unit is allowed to flourish south of the border, I see it as an expression of friendship, respect and good neighborliness between Danes and Germans.
To all who celebrate New Year's far away from Denmark, here is my greeting and my good wishes. In particular, I send my greetings to our soldiers and other personnel on dangerous missions. They make great and courageous efforts of credit to Denmark. For them and their families, I wish a Happy New Year. We have to get them all safe and sound back home.
Also for our veterans and their families, my thoughts tonight. For some of them, their removal is not a closed chapter, for both they and their families have to contend with the consequences of what they have been through. May the new year bring them new courage and may we all help to ensure also their future.
A society like ours could not hang together, if there were some who, also on a New Year's Eve will be on their mailing to ensure security for all of us. I wish each of them a Happy New Year and thank them for their efforts.**
New Year's Eve, we gather like with friends and family, and we remember the past year and what it brought us. Often we miss some belonging to the group, perhaps because they are far away. However, one or more, we miss because we never have to be with them. My New Year thoughts are with everyone who has to sit with the grief and need.
The year 2012 has for me in many ways been in 40 years jubilæets characters. I would on the last evening to thank for all the attention that has been me to share across the country and virtually every single day. It has delighted and warmed me more than I can say. My family has throughout the year felt surrounded by warm affection. This was reflected, not least because Prince Joachim and Princess Marie had a little daughter in January and at her baptism later this year.
Together with the Prince Consort, the Crown Prince and Prince Joachim and Princess Marie thank you for the past year.
I wish everyone a happy and blessed New Year. GOD SAVE DENMARK.