Letter: Elected monarchy
Wednesday 09 September 1998
This is ahistorical, unconstitutional tosh because the only thing symbolised by the British Crown is the Establishment and all those who gladly accept their own undemocratic subservience to it. So what Demos has omitted completely from its proposal is any sense that this monarchy survives as the apex of an entrenched British class system.
The monarch reigns over us; we cannot pick and choose about this or who that monarch should be. There are no half-measures, least of all the moronic system proposed by Demos, which requires us to go on voting until we can find a royal that most of us are happy with. On the contrary, we retain the institution until we are ready to drop it lock, stock and double-barrel.
The burning question is: why does anybody pay Demos any money to do anything? They couldn't think themselves out of a paper bag.
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