"Even the most ardent republicans respect the Queen". And with that statement so ends the debate. Ardent or otherwise, it is tough enough to get a discussion about ending the monarchy going, let alone begin a process that would actually bring about its demise. Conservatives, lower and upper-case c, appear to have this one sewn up as most of Great Britain celebrates her diamond jubilee, during which affection for the person will overwhelm any doubts about the institution. Not only is 'respect for the Queen' the default position in the media and politics, but in a recession the idea of something as unsettling as ending the monarchy can be dismissed as a waste of money and a priority of abyssal insignificance. However, in the long term it is anything but.
Since the Tower itself was built river fronting property has always been some of the most sought after in the capital. SeaContainers House is no exception, and situated just next to Oxo tower it shares some of the best views up and down the river. This weekend though the building, like the rest of us is paying homage to Her Majesty with the largest picture of the 1977 Jubilee ever seen.