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Posted By: Howard Jones
07-Aug-10 - 01:45 PM
Thread Name: BS: Is Monarchy Obsolete in the UK?
Subject: RE: BS: Is Monarchy Obsolete in the UK?
"If their role is purely formal then it's time we and the representatives we elect took on the burden of these decisions ourselves"

But how would "the people" do this? One of the monarch's most important constitutional roles is after an election when she has to decide who to invite to form the next government. In most cases the results of the election are clear and the decision is obvious, but the last election shows that this is not always the case. Such a role has to be carried out by someone, and the elected representatives aren't in a position to do it.

Accountability in this role isn't really the issue - we do elect the people who hold the real power.

It really comes down to whether you think the role is best filled by someone who has had a lifelong training and is outside the political system, or by a politician. I can understand why Jack objects to the former, but I have an equally strong distrust of politicians. In fact, I wonder why anyone would want to be elected to such a role - they have no power to change things, which is the politician's usual motive, which leaves me to suspect they'd be driven by money, ego and the thought of making a packet after they leave office, none of which I find attractive. I prefer to have it filled by someone for whom it is a duty rather than an opportunity.

Either way, the role isn't obsolete, you're just changing the label.