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Thread #131011   Message #2951942
Posted By: GUEST,Steamin' Willie
25-Jul-10 - 01:46 PM
Thread Name: BS: Is Monarchy Obsolete in the UK?
Subject: RE: BS: Is Monarchy Obsolete in the UK?
I recall the Bruce & Sheila country debating this recently and deciding to keep her.


Because the alternative is somebody who WANTS the job.

I like that way of thinking. She is a constitutional Monarch and her only power is ensuring governments don't wander from democracy. Mind you, if they did, I doubt she could really stop them.

So we are left with the pomp and pageantry. Sells UK PLC , so let's keep it. Old ladies from here in The UK, together with many foreign tourists love it and lap it up. Long may it continue.

I am not a Royalist. I think the media turn them into a convenient soap opera and they don't really know how to handle that. the younger ones are leaving the cocoon and seeing a bit more of life than their older relations and that hopefully makes them better at their eventual job.

I liked it when Prince Charles decided that when (if?) he gets to wear the crown, he will be the defender of faith rather than defender of the faith. Again, shows a slow but real evolution, keeping them about as relevant as they can get, which is not too far but like I said, they serve a purpose, and governing us isn't one of them.

So, is it obsolete? No. Especially compared to the alternatives. We already have the pathetic show of prospective Prime Ministers being treated as Presidential elections, mainly because the British media think we need to be more like Americans. The difference is the Americans DO vote for a President. We vote for a party and that party internally chooses a Prime Minister. (Or two, judging by the recent fudge.)

To say the system promotes old style values is rubbish. Just because we have a Monarch doesn't mean I feel I am in servitude to her. Doesn't mean we have a yearning to claim back an Empire and rape it of it's wealth.   

No, it just means we have a head of state system that is preferable to the alternative. and brings a few bob in in the meantime to offset the cost.