Alderley Edge, Cheshire
SPEAKER Betty Boothroyd and more recent predecessors have, no doubt, been impartial (and thus a model for a president) but this has not stopped accusations by MPs of their showing partiality in favour of their former political parties ("How to set up a republic", 25 February).
Australia's present head of state costs them nothing except when Her Majesty is invited to visit. Paul Keating, the Australian Prime Minister, is pouring taxpayers' money into issuing "the case for a republic" literature but not giving one cent to the pro-monarchist movements. Is this democratic?
In post-Communist democracies, minorities such as gypsies and ethnic Hungarians in Romania long for the return of King Michael, and ethnic Turks in Bulgaria would, with other Bulgarians, welcome back King Simeon to ensure the impartiality of their new "democracies".
Constitutional "experts" and journalists might expend their efforts more fruitfully by pressing for proportional representation, a far more pressing need. And when the two-party system eventually fades into the past tense we will see the strength of constitutional monarchy, as in the Netherlands and Denmark, with coalition governments.
Daniel E Cooke
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