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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75 comments

Jeanne R
Jeanne R8 days ago

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Jeanne R
Jeanne R8 days ago

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Jeanne R
Jeanne R8 days ago

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Jeanne R
Jeanne R8 days ago

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Jeanne R
Jeanne R8 days ago

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Cecilia Bowerman
Cecilia Bowerman6 years ago

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

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Monica Douglass
Monica Douglass6 years ago

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!

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Monica D.
Monica D6 years ago

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.

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Cheryl H.
Cheryl H.6 years ago

"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.

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leanne mcivor
leanne Torio6 years ago

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!

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