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Abolish the Monarchy: Why we should and how we will

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As with many books, I imagine, the publication timing is selected deliberately because it might benefit sales. He does not resort to caustic insult, and what barbed remarks there are have a good reason for being there. One of the stronger passages examines the prorogation affair of 2019 and the paralysis that overcame the queen as she struggled to reconcile her role of constitutional backstop with the expectation that the monarch do nothing to impede an elected government. 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.

I admire Smith immensely as an activist, and this book has given me a newfound respect for his dedication to the cause. And Harry and Meghan continue to show that monarchy isn't just bad for Britain, it's bad for the royals too.Asking a royal sycophant to read this would be like asking a devout Christian to read The God Delusion. I hope that the monarchy is abolished soon but I don't share the author's view that it will happen anytime soon. Wait until the consensus is much greater and don't make a fuss now, they argue, ignoring the fact that much of the change in opinion has come through the efforts of people like Graham Smith, campaigning for years. This is a book that is bound to upset and anger monarchists, but at the same time, I think there are valid republican criticisms of it to be made.

Too often we Republicans get stuck hit with the usual freak examples of presidencies, usually from the US, Russia and occasionally France.If ever you thought tradition, tourism, or political stability were good arguments for the Crown, this razor-sharp book knocks that nonsense into a top hat. 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.

There is a growing appetite for answers to the questions that are raised when people turn away from the monarchy: what’s the alternative, how do I talk about this issue with other people, what are the facts I need to know about the monarchy, and can we really get rid of it? As the country faces a growing number of crises we’re heading for a crisis of confidence in our constitution, our head of state and the whole political system. 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. The accession of King Charles has fundamentally changed the monarchy and the public’s relationship with it. Apart from tearing apart the concept of hereditary, unelected heads of state and aristocracy, Smith also shows us a wholly democratic Britain with concrete, productive proposals for what we could have if only we went for it!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. It just reaffirmed what I already think without being too revolutionary or bogged down in facts/figures. I think this helped dispel a common straw man argument hurled at Republicans that we disdain our history and have no interest in people looking into it. Smith correctly points out in this fantastic manifesto the fact that British media and public discourse does not allow for even a shred of anti-monarchy (thus pro-democracy) sentiment in the media or other spaces of debate, lest the lumpen learn that they’ve been duped into supporting their own (by all objective measures of wealth and political power) oppressors. He described a country of thousands of villages, where each village had it’s own unique belief systems, festivals and micro-cultures.

There is no engagement with the writings of the German historian Ernst Kantorowicz, who exposed the sophistication of monarchical conceptions of the state. Thus many of the pro-monarchy arguments mentioned sounded very familiar from discussions I've had, e. If there is a weakness, in my view, where Smith can be attacked, it is in the presentation of an agenda for change and how our constitution can be prepared for a republican democracy.This excellent guide made me want to engage in the Republican cause more, as the book is so hopeful and champions strengths of our country. He sets out a vision for the future that I could see easily dismissed by critics because he isn't a politician and so can't possibly know how the parliamentary machine could work. I liked his use of personal anecdotes, such as him visiting Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London with his nephews.

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