I have chosen the video footage as aired on the US ‘TomoNews’ as it expresses without restraint the US-Eurocentric anti-China racism and general xenophobia prevalent throughout Western media today. This continuation of Western imperialist attitudes toward China ensures that anti-China racism continues to exist at all levels of society on a more or less unquestioned basis. TomoNews expresses the general narrative as viewable on Youtube which states that as the Chinese people are ‘subhuman’, then it follows that as tourists they are the most badly behaved in the world. An interesting report recently stated that since WWII – the US Government has killed more than 20 million people in the world – but I digress. As working class people, many generations of my family have served in the British military – including a great-uncle who guarded Buckingham Palace as a Coldstream Guardsman. In his day the guards used stand on the pavement outside the main gate of the entrance to Buckingham Palace – but in recent years were moved back inside following a guard stepping on (and breaking) the toe of a European (possibly American) tourist. Although the incident was her fault and the consequence of her deliberately standing in the way of the Guard – there was a general groundswell of support for her plight. The British Ministry of Defence (MOD) punished the guard in question (he was confined to barracks), whilst the Royal Guards were moved back inside the palace behind the main gate (and fence) whilst surrounded by a police cordon.
Since the 1640s, the UK has been ruled through the authority of Parliament. The British monarchy lost its absolute power following the English Civil Wars of the 1640s (which culminated in the execution of King Charles I for treason). The British royal family now only exists due to the consent of Parliament and has no real power. If the current Queen attempted to exercise royal authority – Parliament would immediately abolish the Crown. However, although the contemporary British military only follow the orders of Parliament, they do so in the name of the British monarchy. This is an old tradition which demonstrates how armies in the UK were originally raised by the nobility, and retains no practical purpose. When Royal Guards are on duty they are granted an appropriate authority by Parliament to behave (temporarily) as if they are following the orders of an absolute monarch. What this means in practice is that no one is allowed to interfere with their line of march (as this would be tantamount to defying royal orders). The Royal Guard has been ordered to perform certain tasks by his superiors as if the orders themselves originate from the Queen (which of course, they do not). In reality the Queen has no idea what her guards are doing. Royal Guards perform their duties in-part as a tourist attraction and are always surrounded by inquisitive visitors. The drill and discipline of the Royal Guards in the UK is as good as that found in Russia, China, Cuba and Vietnam, etc. Generally speaking, a tourist blocking the line of march is shouted at ‘to move’ in plenty of time to avoid a collision. This is not always the case, of course, and Royal Guards have been filmed pushing tourists out of the way – but as the ‘broken toe’ incident demonstrates, there is a legal limit to the type of controlled violence the Royal Guards can use on an obstructing tourist.
My view is that the Royal Guards have to handle a terrible amount of abuse and disrespect from the general public. There is also a lot of stupidity, particularly from younger people and teenagers, etc. US tourists are usually the most obnoxious and disrespectful of our British traditions. In the case mentioned above, the woman in question is portrayed within Western media as ‘Chinese’, or on occasion ‘Indian’ – but this designation is almost universally used as an excuse for an outpouring of racist rhetoric. In china this woman is referred to as being of a ‘indeterminate Asian origin’ and not viewed as ‘Chinese’ at all! Certainly her behaviour and mannerism are more European than Chinese, and may denote an Asian person born in the West (possibly the US). In China a number of netizens viewed this footage as ‘thuggery’ on behalf of the Royal Guard – but this was countered by Tim Hague (a BBC Sports Journalist) – who took it upon himself to ‘correct’ this Chinese thinking by explaining (in written Chinese) that the tourist could have been shot (not true), and so the ‘push’ (or ‘shove’) was the least of the punishments available. Having reviewed the footage it seems to me that the Royal Guard in question ‘punched’ the tourist in the upper back with a clenched fist which is clearly visible in the ‘still’ photographs. I say this because as a trained martial artist I can ‘read’ that the impact on the woman in question was ‘substantial’ and I am surprised that she was not knocked to the ground. The impact is concentrated to such a degree that the forward arm swing generates tremendous out-going power which caused the woman’s right chest area to momentarily ‘bulge’ outward (and convex her chest cavity). I would suggest that if a ‘punch’ this constitutes the illegal act of ‘assault’.
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