LETTER: Antics in the Queen's name

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THE story of the Queen apologising to the Maoris of New Zealand illustrates the absurd situation which has developed due to our head of state also being the head of state of foreign countries ("Queen to say sorry to the Maori people", 2 July).

There is talk in Australia about becoming a republic. But the present arrangements are not in our interest and we should not wait for dithering former colonies to sort themselves out.

The British government should inform these countries that it will advise the Queen to no longer assent to any of their legislation, appoint Governors- General, award honours or carry out functions under their constitutions. They will then be responsible for their own behaviour rather than getting up to all sorts of antics in the name of our head of state.

Martin Thirlaway

London W6