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Thread #131011   Message #2960238
Posted By: Paul Burke
07-Aug-10 - 04:18 PM
Thread Name: BS: Is Monarchy Obsolete in the UK?
Subject: RE: BS: Is Monarchy Obsolete in the UK?
You're far too conciliatory and generous, Smokey. A ship's captain has a job that can be measured in numbers of deceased passengers, still-floating ships, unsplintered beams of wood on dockside walls, hurricanes avoided or ridden out, and ports successfully reached. A "queen" on the other hand, can only be rated against other "queens", as there isn't a job description or any set task that they need to do. They are a bit like Richard Dawkins' genes (not his own set, I mean the ones he writes about), which only exist to keep themselves existing. Any achievements on the way (Buddha, Darwin, Einstein, Leonardo, Mother Theresa for genes; melding pirates into a fighting force, being in charge when her general prevented a French takeover of Europe, making being Scottish socially acceptable, presenting an alternative slightly less unappealing than a Tony Blair presidency for "queens") are a mere bonus.