Republican or Royalist?

I read an article the other day that stated that there is actually a movement that wants a referendum on getting rid of the Royal Family. Personally I have no side to take on the issue but this has made me curious what people’s thoughts and feelings about the matter are.

 

On the one side you have the Royalists, who believe that the Queen is the be all and end all. She and her family contribute £1bn in tourism a year, they’re good for international relations and being the face of the British people abroad, they’re an unelected barrier between the Government and absolute power which is healthy, otherwise you end up with power hungry leaders with no restrictions. People use the argument against the Monarchy and the House of Lords saying they’re unelected and anti-democratic. When in actual fact they’re just a safeguard against giving all the power to one individual or one party. The House of Lords can delay bills and block them for up to a year but can never fully stop a bill going through but can buy enough time to properly scrutinise and amend a bill, so that it isn’t rushed through without being properly debated or heard and enshrined into UK law. The Queen has the power to reject any law but in doing so would create a constitutional crisis so usually signs it off anyway, which is where people get the idea that the Queen has no power, as she has to adhere to what the government puts in front of her. Our lawmaking process is pretty good and thorough though, so when it finally gets put in front of the Queen, it’s in it’s final form and has the support of most MP’s who are voted in and given a mandate to vote on and make laws on our behalf. Which will finally be completely back in our control after Brexit! She can still technically wage war against another country, not that she will ever need too. She can also dissolve parliament which is a perfect safeguard in the event of having an unpopular PM or mad PM intent on harming this country. However in doing so it would start a civil war, so it’s more of a deterrent. The PM always tends to keep the Queen onside as it’s a kind of mutual understanding between the two. Also the Royal family will play a pivotal role when we start to negotiate trade deals around the world again post-brexit. Where some Prime Ministers can be disliked and unpopular with other countries, the Queen has the respect of a large amount of nations around the world and this can be a good building block for negotiations in places where the PM might be unpopular. Believe it or not this is how it used to be done before the EU negotiated all of our trade deals for us. I also read in an Economist article that keeping the Monarchy but reforming it would be a welcome sign to both parties. That’s a basic look at the For argument.

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On the other side you have the Republicans who want to see the Queen dethroned and kicked out onto the street. That’s my cynical view of it but for the sake of being balanced let’s look at their argument. They say that the Queen sponges off the state which is true, yet her net contributions outweigh the running of her estates and outgoings. They use the fact that Prince Charles has penned letters to MP’s in the past as an excuse to describe him as meddling in politics. Which is also true as the Royal Family as a whole should stay impartial and a-political. Which is where I think a lot of the fear shown by the Republicans come from, the realisation that he will one day be king. They assume the worst and expect Charles to stick his oar into political proceedings. I think the fact that he cheated on Diana with Camilla sits uncomfortably with most people and don’t think that someone with such bad intentions should be trusted or be trusted to run a country. Much like nowadays when an MP is caught doing something lewd they’re forced out of office, yet with a monarchy you can’t force them out. It’s an outdated hereditary system which I can understand, a birth right to the throne is such an archaic means of choosing a head of state. Yet if you had to vote in a head of state, then you’re stuck in the catch 22 of they could be in league with the PM and therefore wouldn’t be impartial or a-political and we would automatically fall into an autocracy or a puppet government run by the head of state (e.g Russia). The Republicans also show a distaste for the amount of coverage the Royal Family gets in the media, I personally look at this as jealousy as the movement doesn’t have as much coverage or the following and support they feel they deserve. I understand that they get media attention for being given the crown and not doing anything worthy or noble to warrant receiving the crown like they originally did (e.g Battle of Bosworth), however I don’t exactly see the Queen racing head first into the enemy on horseback with a sabre in hand in this day in age.

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The reason the Queen and the Royal Family are who they are is because of the Queen, she has an overwhelming sense of duty that deserves respect, she has worked at making the Monarchy what it is and her family all look to her as an example and we can only hope that they try to follow in her footsteps, wearing the commitment and duty she does. I’m happy with the status quo and don’t wish to ruffle the feathers of the establishment on this issue, yet it is important to have these kind of debates on issues as it defines who we are and what we really hold dear. I’d like us to keep the Monarchy in the traditional sense and hope they don’t go over the top and try to drag it into the 21st century too much when the Queen passes away. That will be when it’s time to get rid of them as they’ll become more celebrity than monarchy. Bowing to pressure. This institution stands tall and doesn’t quiver at the thought of opposition, leading by example and displaying the true British values and integrity. I don’t think there will be reform as I can’t see anyone voting for it, if we did then i’d imagine that the Royal Family had already lost their grip at that point. I think it would spell the end of the United Kingdom as well, as we wouldn’t all have that shared culture anymore and I feel that we’d get more and more disconnected as a nation\collective nations.

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This also brings me onto the subject of continued referendums. I believe in democracy and the spirit of referendums, however they should be reserved for the truly divisive issues that can’t be settled by any normal means. It shouldn’t become the go to measure for every occasion. Before you know it we’ll have a referendum on whether referendums should be legally binding! A referendum about a referendum. I also think that it’s disgraceful that even though it has been put to the public vote (Brexit) because the politicians couldn’t be trusted with the decision, they’re trying to hatch a plan to disrupt democracy in plain view. There are calls to try and halt Brexit through the House of Commons as it’s only ‘advisory’. Advisory it may be, yet the turnout was high and the voice of the people shouted a resounding Leave! The MPs almost forget who puts them in power in the first place, they act on behalf of their constituents who coincidentally were the ones who voted to Leave? So why would you even think of trying to go against the very people you serve? The disconnect between the population and politicians has never been wider. There is even a legal challenge as to whether the PM can activate Article 50 without consulting Parliament! The people have spoken, that should suffice. The mortally wounded Remainers are trying to impose a posthumous blow to the Leave campaign. Their attempted sabotage is morally corrupt and contemptuous. Anyone seen to be attacking the will of the people should be dragged from the commons by their ankles and thrown in the tower. It should be treated as treachery. They’re the same people that lied about what would happen in the event of Brexit, they don’t have the best interests of the country at heart. This brings me beautifully back to the start, this is why we don’t entrust all of our power to these people and why we are safeguarded against them. The system works, be thankful that we can choose who we have in government, the poor Americans are about to be lumbered with either Trump or Clinton.

I love my country.

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Modern Journalism: A Contradiction

I’d like to start this article by explaining that I in no way support Donald Trump or condone what he says. Yet I feel like it’s my duty or even right to stand up for him. A number of reasons why, the way that he’s getting treated in the media really puts off young people like myself getting involved in politics. Yes I understand that I don’t live in America or will ever run for president but the same can be said for the English press and our own political system.

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We live in an age where privacy is a beautiful long distant memory and everything you do, say or even THINK is taken, scrutinised and aired to the masses. Since when can we be told how to think or what to say? That in itself is brainwashing propaganda. Like I explained at the start, I don’t agree with what Trump said about grabbing pussies, but it was said between two people in private with no cameras present. We all regret things we said 10 years ago. We have a thing called freedom of speech, no matter how differing your view you have the right to express your own views. The contradiction is that the media champions free speech, yet when someone expresses views they don’t agree with they target them and twist the narrative to suit their agenda.

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So what that Trump is a sexual harassment case waiting to happen, no one came forward or reported him about it until this came out and it was broadcasted everywhere. Suddenly everyone and their sister got touched or looked at by Trump. We also live by a saying that is Innocent until proven Guilty, yet the media acts as Judge, Jury and Executioner and people lap it up. It’s not surprising in the world we live in which is run by money and corruption and people are sleep walking through their lives with their head filled with non-news and unfamous celebrities. They don’t care what’s going on with their country or the world as it doesn’t effect them in their little bubble. If they truly cared then they would realise that it isn’t just a choice between Trump and Clinton.

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There are other candidates and in the 21st century this is what should be aired to the masses. I’ve searched on the other candidates myself and Johnson & Weld seem like a credible duo that have some good policies to build on. Both have experience in running local government as they’re both Former Governors of states. The only thing that rings true is that it’s a war of money from Trump to Clinton. They have the ability to fund their campaigns properly and I think that’s what’s wrong with politics in general. You have to have money to run for President, the same as needing money for a deposit to run as an MP in this country. Another thing that puts me off getting into politics. That’s why there are so many career politicians and not enough working class candidates. Also a two party system isn’t sustainable in the present day, peoples views and opinions are so broad and different that you can’t categorise all of them into a two circle venn diagram of politics, Republicans or Democrats. This was my exact reason for choosing UKIP over here, I decided that i’d purely vote for the party that reflected my views on their policies. I want to put an end to the culture of “my dad votes tories so I do too”. Make your own choices and decisions.

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The same can be said to America, I wish they would all turn off their tv and go online, research their candidates and vote relating to what they stand for. Otherwise you will keep ending up at this dead end, two candidates that no one really wants. It’s obvious that it’s almost a protest vote of the American people, like saying “if you neglect us we’ll show you we have the power to get someone like Trump into the White House” which I believe they will. Hillary is too careless to lead a nation like America, Trump is unpopular among neutrals and Democrats alike but can run a successful business. Both are dangerous and i’m hoping for a miracle where the American population vote for a third party candidate like Gary Johnson.

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We have seen parallels in our own country thankfully with the rise in UKIP and the capitulation of Labour, it isn’t a two horse race anymore. The people had enough, same shit different face. The Tories, Labour and the Lib Dems were all so close to each other there was no real alternative and this is what has caused the political earthquake that we now see in British Politics. It’s the reason there is a massive divide in the Labour party with it’s voters swaying heavily to the left and supporting Comrade Corbyn the Republican who is stirring up the Communist movement in the younger population, yet he lost the support of his whole shadow cabinet and the MP’s who were voted in by the general populace. Yet the irony is that Corbyn is just another one of these London Elite that is left leaning that would never feel the effects of his socialist policies put into action as he lives in the Socialite bubble. He came from money not a council estate. The fact he looks like a substitute geography teacher doesn’t even equate into the argument as it usually does, looks can be deceiving. A backbench MP that never really did anything of note until he came literally out of LEFTfield and won the Labour leadership contest. I’m astonished that there hasn’t been a split yet lead by Hilary Benn.

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They have effectively left a gap in the electorate which will be gulped up by UKIP on the back of the victory in the Referendum and the support shown for UKIP policies that were actually taken by Theresa May in her first Conference in charge. Now that we can see people believe in and support the policies we brought to the forefront of politics it’s totally believable we can win seats. Once the party can sort out the NEC and install a respectable leader we can really kick on.

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Finally i’d like to add, isn’t it a bit fishy that this whole “Pussygate” is so conveniently close to the actual vote? Much like Hillary after the Monica Lewinsky scandal stating it’s all part of a vast right wing conspiracy, this time it’s from the opposite side. The media are taking sides and acting like scared children hitting out at what they don’t understand and can’t comprehend. Journalism much like Politics is long overdue a reformation.

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