Abolish the Monarchy: Why we should and how we will

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Abolish the Monarchy: Why we should and how we will

Abolish the Monarchy: Why we should and how we will

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Charles, who at the time of writing the book was increasingly a stand-in for the Queen, would be expected to be a lot busier, which he was, “to a point,” adds Smith. He asks for reasons why they should remain in place – and finds a paucity of intellectual responses.

While attacking royalty for its cost and wastage, there is no sign of what a replacement would cost and it would appear that Smith would retain the likes of Buckingham Palace after the royalty was gone. For those of you who are soft monarchists or curious about the subject the book will remind you that the Windsors have an efficient business model pumping out PR to support their continuance, this should not go unchallenged in a democracy. The princely states ranged from powerful and largely independent principalities such as Hyderabad or Mysore, with a high level of autonomy, to tiny fiefdoms a few dozen acres (in the low tens of hectares) in size. At a gener­ous estimate, the average length of an engagement is an hour, but many are far shorter,” he says.Any reasonable royalist or monarchist reader should (even if not convinced) come away with a greater understanding and respect for the the democratic republican case. Constantine II reluctantly accepted the fait accompli and lent it legitimacy, but when he tried to stage a counter-coup later that year, he was defeated and forced into exile. It’s important, as the argument for abolition should rest on more than the behaviour, however repulsive, of one individual. We want to see the monarchy abolished and the King replaced with an elected, democratic head of state, not running the government but representing the nation independently of our politicians.

A head of state that’s chosen by us could really represent our hopes and aspirations – and help us keep politicians in check. If you are already a republican this will reaffirm that and will open your eyes to the numerous pit falls we have in the current system. However, for me much is a litany of personal attacks on members of the royal family which in no way convinces me that royalty should be abolished. There is a tone that needs to be struck when some are mourning, but it is wrong to suspend politics entirely.Greece formally remained a monarchy until it was abolished by the military junta in June 1973, followed by a July referendum confirming that decision. My only wish is that the author will produce a cheat sheet of all the stats and arguments summarised and ready to either draw on – when doing demonstrations or in discussions on the streets – or, better still, commit to memory. In many Commonwealth realms, the monarchy may be viewed as a foreign institution running counter to the national identity or national sovereignty. During the war, monarchies were planned for Poland ( Kingdom of Poland), the Grand Duchy of Finland (to have a Finnish King), and Lithuania ( Mindaugas II of Lithuania), with a protectorate-like suzerainty exercised by the German Empire. It might be suggested that if you abolish royalty, then all connected to it must go - Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, the Tower of London, etc.

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