Now that the razzmatazz surrounding the wedding of Wills and Cate has died down, let’s do them the biggest favour of their lives and abolish the monarchy! Why on earth would they want become “symbols of the state” once HM QE2 and Charles have popped their clogs?
The main constitutional justification of the monarchy is that they represent the country through their very blood. That they are the history of the UK, incarnate. Well, it’s a nice romantic idea but not one that has any resonance for me I’m afraid. What I want is a written constitution, with a Bill of Rights, an elected upper house and the disestablishment of the Church of England from the State.
Not much, I think. Just something to bring us into line with modern democratic states in the 21st century.
I’m not talking about chucking the Royals out of their palaces or even stopping them opening hospitals and schools up and down the land but we should stop paying them 60 Million Pounds a year to “rule” over us. The Queen is after all, the richest woman in the country. If we want them that much, we will pay them fees to be the front-end of UK Plc.
William and Catherine seen a nice enough couple. Why should we impose on them requirement to “embody” all that is good about the UK for the rest of their lives? That is an impossible job at the best of times and these are not the best of times…