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God Help the Queen: A Monarchy Under Attack

God Help the Queen: A Monarchy Under Attack

It seems that there are rabble rousers in Britain who would seek to overthrow the monarchy and replace it with, well … something else. One such group, according to a recent Wall Street Journal article, was founded in 1983 and calls itself, fitting enough, Republic. The group’s campaign manager, 36-year-old Graham Smith, when asked about the group’s intentions, stated “We simply want what’s best for Britain.”

Who is to decide what’s ‘best for Britain?’ After all, poll after poll shows that the public wants to continue the monarchy. The latest polls, such as that recently taken by YouGov for Prospect, conclude that the British are more concerned about who should take over as Britain’s next monarch rather than whether there should even be a monarch. By the way, daddy Charles is outrunning son William by 8 percent, 45% versus 37%, reversing a lead by William that was revealed in a poll taken five years ago.

Will “The Wedding” change minds?

Nonetheless, polls be damned, Republic’s Smith and his band of merry rabble rousers have convinced themselves that the British taxpayer is going to feel differently regarding the status of the monarchy when presented with the tab for Prince Williams and Kate Middleton’s wedding next month. 
They went so far as to head north to Sweden to meet with the Swedish Republican Association, a group that, with similar goals regarding Sweden’s own monarchy, saw their member roster swell following a vitriolic campaign coinciding with the marriage last year of Crown Princess Victoria to Daniel Westling, her personal trainer.

Taking action to change minds

Following their trip, and with a renewed sense of purpose, Republic has budgeted $8,000 on an event that will be held on or about the day of the royal wedding. Perhaps, they muse, their party and the publicity that will surely surround it will work the anti-monarchists into a state. That, they hope, will encourage donations and dues from new members.  After all, swelling membership rolls must surely be a goal for Smith who, it was pointed out, is Republic’s full-time campaign manager.

Watching all this play itself out from across the pond is a bit of a head-scratcher. After all, America is a republic; one that 200+ years ago fought a fierce fight to break away from Britain and its monarchy. Now, within their own ranks, the British find themselves faced with citizens who want to abolish the non-elected monarch, replace it with an elected ceremonial figurehead with no executive powers, and who claim, on their website, that “We believe a republican constitution is best for Britain.”

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2:21AM PDT on Oct 30, 2011

I think the British Monarchy still brings a lot of money to Britan, my vote is to keep the Monarchy just the way it is!!
Emanuel, you have been watching to much of YouTube

7:57PM PDT on Apr 30, 2011

I think that the British Royal Family has done a good job over the years. It is a tough job & I for one would not want it. As for Charles passing William, I think that Charles should step down & let William be the next in line for the throne as Diana raised William to be!

12:14AM PDT on Apr 28, 2011

I like the monarchy. I do believe that they work hard, as Linda commented, in the interests of Britain. I think that they can provide a source of continuity and of wisdom in both good and bad times.

9:35PM PDT on Apr 27, 2011

"the British find themselves faced with citizens who want to abolish the non-elected monarch, replace it with an elected ceremonial figurehead with no executive powers,"

So make the position elected instead of hereditary, but remain as useful as an appendix. Riiiiiight. That's totally barmy, and the people who thought that up are muppets. If that's the best those who want to get rid of the monarchy can do, no wonder they remain a minority. It's stupid and pointless. They need a very solid argument for abolishing the monarchy and a solid plan for a post-monarchy government before they stand any chance of people doing more than pointing and laughing.

11:19AM PDT on Apr 10, 2011

In Canada we send royalties to the Royals - what the hell for I ask, what do they do for society and humanity? This royal wedding is sickening - all the money spent is disgusting - use the money for the people not for a bunch of pompous asses and these Royals should get off there fat asses and earn there own dam money! We have hungry children in Canada I vote our royalties go there!

10:51AM PDT on Apr 9, 2011

We fought two wars to get rid of that Country. What the heck do I care about their Monarchy! I don't get people in the States who are so interested in the English. They have nothing to do with us. The problem as I see it is we don't think enough about ourselves, and are always adoring something or someone else to believe in. You are the most important person in the world. Repeat that to yourself until you believe it.

8:59AM PDT on Apr 6, 2011

As a Brit who has lived somewhere or other overseas, for 45 years
I can tell you from my point of view anyway, that the Monarchy is still extremely popular and work very hard to keep Britain in the world view, especially bringing in tourists and selling 'us', abroad.
Prince Charles is especially influential in pushing the country towards green living, supporting fresh home grown foods and clean air. He has even designed tartan products for the home, to be sold in other countries. As for tourism, I personally have visited the Tower of London 6 times (at least) with Americans and other companions, and it's not cheap to get in. There's more, but the people who have written so negatively have upset me, so I need comfort food.

4:30PM PDT on Apr 5, 2011

Canada, Australia, New Zealand and some other countries have Queen Elizabeth II as their head of state too. Abolish monarchy mean they turned into republic.

11:40AM PDT on Apr 5, 2011

(Emmanuel V) What are you on? or to many cospiracy theories books? As lons as their people elect the people that actually runs the country who cares if the monarchy stays or goes...do you live in England?

3:28AM PDT on Apr 5, 2011

It is generally not realised that the British Monarchy is not British . but very German, Fascist and Nazi, Just like the Dutch Royals. they are members of secret societies who are planning the overthrow all Governments by fiscal means. They control the worlds finances through the International banking system and are holding the US to ransom by deliberately collapsing the dollar which is controlled by the International Banksters headed by Zionist Jews such as the Rothschilds, Rockefellers, and their ilk. You can't believe that they are plotting to get rid of most of us. Find out the truth and you'll be shocked to know what those fairytale Monarchs and their Elitists friends are plotting to eradicate you and me. and everyone else they believe to be useless.

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