Happy Birthday

Yesterday was Queen Margrethe of Denmark’s 80th Birthday. She sounds like an original, and very interesting, lady. From Frontpage Magazine.

Queen Margrethe of Denmark turns 80 today, and to commemorate the occasion she gave an interview that appeared in the newspaper Politiken on Saturday. The conversation was wide-ranging, but the part that made headlines throughout Scandinavia was her admission that while she considers climate change an important issue, she’s not personally panicked about it, and that while she’s aware that climate does change – “it has changed and is changing all the time” – she’s not certain whether humans directly influence those changes. Let it be emphasized here that this is one queen who actually knows something about these matters: she studied prehistoric archeology at Cambridge and hence has an extremely long-term perspective.

(This isn’t the first time, by the way, that Margrethe has failed to strike the approved tone on climate change: in more than one New Year’s address, for example, she’s celebrated the melting of Greenland ice because it opens up the possibility of exploiting the island’s rich natural resources.)

Sounds quite lovely to me. As much as I like Queen Elizabeth II and understand why she is as reticent as she is, I sometimes long for a spirited defense, and it looks like Queen Margrethe is quite willing to mount such.

So the Danes are lucky in their Queen, although their politicians aren’t much different than anywhere in Europe, or indeed ours. But they do have a queen who knows how to think and is not afraid to say what she means. And that’s a very good thing.

Happy Birthday, Ma’am.

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10 Responses to Happy Birthday

  1. audremyers says:

    Nice. Good job, Neo.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Scoop says:

    Let’s not forget that she also only mitigated those who were high at risk and kept her economy running. She followed the old epidemiology that has been around for a long time . . . and with the same results as we got here and maybe better. Common sense is sometimes better than experts trying to make a name for themselves and attempting the novel approach of isolating everyone and shutting down our entire economy. We wouldn’t do that even in a hot war. We don’t hunker down and wait for the threat to go away. We keep living our lives. The weak take precautions and the young take the bull by the horns.

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  3. the unit says:

    Delivery! 2 am on your birthday. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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