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Abolish the Monarchy: Why we should and how we will

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But due to their protections from Freedom of Information (FOI) requests, yet again the whole picture is not easy to obtain. Sadly, the author neglected to mention the London School of Economics’ massive public consultancy on this issue which happened in recent years and managed to get a lot of interest. Most worrying is the way in which we have created a ruling elite that can bypass the elected Parliament. If I were to offer Graham Smith some constructive criticism I would recommend that he could have replaced the Lords chapters with one trying to focus more into de-toxifying the idea of what a presidency would actually mean and how we could make it work for our country. Beyond that, two other men will continue to remind people - for very different reasons - what's wrong with the royals.

g. 'a Queen is better than a Trump', 'the monarchy isn't ideal but we're stuck with it now', and 'they represent tradition and stability'. As some of the largest land and business owners in the country, those interests are considerable so consequently is their interests in our lawmaking process. On the day of Charles III's coronation, he was arrested on suspicion of carrying "locking-on devices" and spent the rest of the day in a cell.One could be forgiven, after reading this book, for thinking that no greater intellects than Alan Titchmarsh and Stephen Fry have turned their minds to the subject. While I know we are a constitutional monarchy Smith goes into the framework of government to examine how power is not exercised by King or Queen but is subservient to that Prime Minister. At just over 200-page the shortest polemic which effectively dismisses all the arguments for the monarchy. Abolish the Monarchy: Why we should and how we will does exactly what it says on the tin: delivers an invigorating polemic on why the British monarchy can and should be done away with. But in most cases too, they accused him of offering no alternative - again showing they hadn't read the book - but also showing his outline for the future isn't a weakness at all.

Nevertheless, nobody should be arrested for advocating what should really be common sense in this day and age. These days I take some pride in being considered the most anti-monarchy person one of my friends knows. It covers the same topic as The Enchanted Glass: Britain and its Monarchy but with an utterly different tone and style. Of the approximately 1,200 charities with a royal patron, 74% had no contact with their patron during the preceding year.More discussion of British political interests that have looked into a codified constitution could have livened this section up a bit. Since it hauled the author of this book off to the cells hours before Charles III’s coronation, in full sight of the world’s media, the campaign group he heads, Republic, has almost doubled its membership. He often falls back on tired tropes in an effort to make himself seem more patriotic, and makes a couple of questionable comparisons that I found quite odd and behind the times for what is otherwise a progressive work. I appreciated the author’s direct but informative attempts to speak about republics in a hopeful but practical way.

The events of the last couple of years are examined in particular detail, as they've really exposed the weaknesses of the British royal family both as an institution and as individuals. I have been aware of the Privy Council and some of its activities as well as the power exercised by a Prime Minister which meets the criteria for the Quinton Hogg (Hailsham) assessment of their position as an elected dictatorship. Instead, Smith has produced a polemic that is more likely to alienate people who are already opposed to the monarchy than to persuade them to change their minds. I am in favour of a republic, but I am not entirely convinced by his arguments for keeping the Westminster system of democracy. The "locking-on devices" were in fact luggage straps, and he had in fact been in conversation with the police for weeks leading up to the arrest.Rather than the monarchy defending the constitution and, by implication, the British people, it has been the responsbility of subjects to defend the monarch not from injustice or tyranny, but from embarrassment.

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