Friday Argument - Should we ditch the monarchy and become a republic

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Friday Argument - Should we ditch the monarchy and become a republic

Apart from an attachment to history personally I cannot see why we will ever need another Monarch.

The current media coverage makes it unlikely that the Royals themselves will want to continue with the current model for long.

Maybe we need to move towards a more European model where the Royals are allowed to actually have a life

A side benefit is that it is a change which would seem to annoy all the right people Wink ( Piers Morgan, Sarah Vine, Eamonn Holmes etc )

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Doug, do you think the British press will allow any Royals to actually "have a life" whatever the format?

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Great topic Doug. Only an hour or so ago I listened to the news on the TV describing the Crisis in the house of Windsor. The opposite view is, as you have put it, an opportunity to bring an outdated part of society in line with today’s values/expectations. Interesting discussion.

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When you consider the media reaction over the past couple of days, could anyone blame them for deciding to opt out?

My late father made a strong argument in favour of the monarchy:- without it the British public would have elected Margaret Thatcher president.

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Good question, Doug. But are you only interested in what's best for the future or is wallowing in nostalgia also appropriate?

Jonathan

PS: And how many countries in that "we"?

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We essentially did have President Thatcher, just without the limitations and controls of an elected second chamber. Our media covers the elections as if we are electing a president anyway, so it might be more honest to actually use the system...

PS: And how many countries in that "we"?

I expect this is something which will be considered in the colonies, but that for reasons of politeness and history they will not mention this until Charles is on the Throne.

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The less said about some aspects of the British press the better to be honest. The current media frenzy has been a great opportunity to remind us which commentators should always be ignored.

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Is this the five minute argument ... or the full half hour ?
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:-)

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I live in a republic and wish I lived in a monarchy, mainly because politicians tend not to be educated from birth to represent their country.

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good question.