The monarchyLet us look at bigger picture
PEOPLE often talk about how we might be better off as a republic but I wonder what kind of republic do they mean? The well known republic called the United States started off, like England, whereby only the landed gentry (or certain wealthy men that owned some property) had a vote in political affairs and the "inalienable rights" as guaranteed in their Declaration of Independence did not apply to people who were black or indigenous to the American continent. When India gained its independence and became a republic the only persons who exercised any political control were either the Oxbridge educated sons of the rich or potentates and princes. Iceland is the only country I can think of whereby the island's farmers came together to formulates their own liberal system of government. Plato's book 'The Republic' cites various ways to have good government but a nation, its laws and mechanisms are only as good as the people who work it; namely those we elect and the tenacity and intelligence of the electorate.
There is so much apathy so whether we have a republic or a constitutional monarchy in many respects is neither here nor there. The principal controlling element for all of the home nations that make-up Britain is Brussels. Many people have lost interest and respect for politics that we are in danger of becoming a feckless nation devoid of any real meaningful political debate or national savvy. There are many factors that have a baring however I suspect that apathy and lack of accountability to account are an anathema to most of the public. Far from worrying about whether my Monarch or President lives in a palace I am concerned about the lack of real democracy in my country, the lack of accountability of its government and consistent denial of a referendum on Europe.
Our status as a republic or kingdom would not have stopped us following the Americans into an illegal war nor will it provide us with a written constitution or prevent the corporate takeover now faced by many facets of our society. Instead of worrying about the Head of State let's look at the bigger picture and how it effects our lives.
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