Opinion: We need to talk about the monarchy

By Ian Silvera

The Queen visited Manchester as part of her Diamond Jubilee Tour today.

The hundreds of people who came to see Her Majesty visit Manchester’s Town Hall reaffirmed the opinion that the Windsor family still attract attention.

Having interviewed some of those in attendance, many drifted into Albert Square during their lunch-break because of the commotion — not because they were aware the Queen was visiting Manchester today.

Elizabeth II is undoubtedly popular – the public associate words like ‘class’, ‘dignity’ and ‘dutiful’ with her. King Charles III, though, wouldn’t be nearly as popular. His meddling ways under his alter-ego the Duchy of Cornwall and alleged extra-marital affair leave the public to associate less desirable words with him.

After the Queen has passed, republicanism, currently supported by 20% of the population, will grow and it would be time to abolish the monarchy. Even the supermodels known in the press as the collective ‘Wills and Kate’ won’t be able to stop the rot.

The most convincing argument against abolishing the monarchy comes packaged in two words: ‘President Cameron’.

Who would want a politician as head of our state? I doubt many people would. But what is the alternative? We will be stuck with an ancient birth-rite at the top of our society that undermines the aspirations of those who believe in egalitarianism or meritocracy.  

When anti-George Bush sentiment was rife in Britain, our Atlantic cousins had a ready-made rebuke: “At least we voted him in.”

Imagine if Prince Philip called Gillian Duffy a ‘bigoted old woman’, Mr Windsor’s fate wouldn’t be the same as Gordon Brown’s, the electorate wouldn’t be able to vote him out.

While unemployment rises, our class divide widens, and the Coalition Government relentlessly attacks those less well off in our society, the monarchy has become the figure-head of everything that is wrong at the head of our state — nepotism, nepotism and more nepotism.

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