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Old 05-23-2011, 03:24 AM
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Default Should the Queen be the last monarch?

Should Queen Elizabeth II be the last monarch, and should the UK become a republic rather than a constitutional monarchy? Many people say it should, because that is more politically "modern" and gives more power to the people. Many people dislike the idea of having someone who has power merely because of their blood and heritage, which is a fair point.

Personally, I like the monarchy. It makes us stand out, and personally I just don't like the idea of becoming a full-on democracy like every other country. I'd like to keep hold of the monarchy, for tradition's sake. I think a lot of policy-making is often made for the benefit of a particular party, and I think that politicians aren't always quite sure of what's best for the country. An individual who has no affiliation with any party or bias will be ideal for overseeing and making sure our country runs smoothly, and doesn't become a playground for political warfare. Well, not that the Queen ever really exercises her power anyway...
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What power? She doesnt hold any power at all.
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Old 05-23-2011, 04:05 AM
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I don not see the point of having a Royal family in a country where they have no power anyway. Hundreds of years ago, they were in charge of the country, which I feel is bad idea too, but now they just have everything, and do very little purely because they are born into it.

They might make the UK slightly different to other countries, but is it worth it? People are losing their jobs, yet people have to pay so they can have a big wedding. I don't like it.
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Old 05-23-2011, 04:36 AM
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What power? She doesnt hold any power at all.
She can appoint a Prime Minister when there is no overall majority (yeah I know, big deal).

But otherwise, all laws that pass through Parliament must be approved by her first. Well, a law has never been rejected since the 18th century, and if one was in modern times then the Queen would probably be stripped of most of her power. But still. She has the power to reject new laws.
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I don not see the point of having a Royal family in a country where they have no power anyway. Hundreds of years ago, they were in charge of the country, which I feel is bad idea too, but now they just have everything, and do very little purely because they are born into it.

They might make the UK slightly different to other countries, but is it worth it? People are losing their jobs, yet people have to pay so they can have a big wedding. I don't like it.
Meh, the majority of Britain don't seem to mind. And it's nice to have a politically neutral (kind of) figure involved in the country's administration, not affiliated with any certain parties.
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Old 05-23-2011, 05:27 AM
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Personally, I like the monarchy. It makes us stand out, and personally I just don't like the idea of becoming a full-on democracy like every other country.
Hmm, Many of your neighboring countries ar monarchies to

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I don not see the point of having a Royal family in a country where they have no power anyway. Hundreds of years ago, they were in charge of the country, which I feel is bad idea too, but now they just have everything, and do very little purely because they are born into it.
In most monarchies in Europe the monarch has very little real power, their role is to represent the country.

A monarch can have the advantage of not belonging to a particular political party and can have the ability to represent the general population and not just a political group.

I am not sure how popular monarchy is in the UK in general, but when I see the british royal family on tv, they always look like they fell they are superior to everybody else. Like they are above the general population.

I am not from the UK, so obviously I don't get a say in this, but I cannot understand what people see in the british royal family. But maybe I just don't know them well enough

I have a question.
One evening, during the resent royal wedding I was flickking through the tv-channels. There where a lot of footage from the wedding of course, but then I passed a swedish tv-channel showing a program about the Swedish crown prinsess and the danish crown prince on a trip in the arctic. It was part of a scientific mission about the climate change. The contrast to the royal wedding was big. They looked like real people interacting with other real people. At one point the crown princess Victoria was crawling on the ice on all four and laughing.

I don't know if similar footage exist of the british royal family, but I can't remember ever seeing any.
Are the british royal family ever shown as anything but superior beings?
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Many people dislike the idea of having someone who has power merely because of their blood and heritage, which is a fair point.
There's an advantage of our system of government, though. We can never have a George W. Bush who pushes his congress into a war with no discussion. Our Head of State can never have so much power. The power rests with the people.
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