Abolish the Monarchy: Why we should and how we will

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Abolish the Monarchy: Why we should and how we will

Abolish the Monarchy: Why we should and how we will

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I once asked an Indian friend of mine (India being a republic), if there were ever such concerns when India became independent and lost their principalities. Since it hauled the author of this book off to the cells hours before Charles III’s coronation, in full sight of the world’s media, the campaign group he heads, Republic, has almost doubled its membership. The Queen was their heat shield, able to deflect even the most serious questions and accusations, unable to do wrong in the eyes of much of the media and political class and, if she did, not someone many dared to criticise publicly. Worst case scenario, they gain a better understanding of why some are anti-monarchy; best case scenario, they reconsider their own views.

Could also be said for the supporters of his point of view but it is effectively a donation in part if it goes unread. The basic structure of the author’s book starts with addressing some usual defence arguments put out in favour of the British Monarchy, but then moves on to discuss what a republican model could potentially offer the UK. To give Smith the benefit of the doubt, it could be argued that the general public, at which this book is aimed, would quickly lose interest in a work clotted with centuries-old theories. As with many books, I imagine, the publication timing is selected deliberately because it might benefit sales. Graham Smith makes very clear the type of British presidency he wants is one that is strictly defined in terms of powers and responsibilities, not a massive Executive/Imperial presidency like in France or the USA, never mind Russia.Eventually, the government will be unable to ignore public clamour for a referendum on the monarchy’s continuation. In every case it was obvious the reviewer had never read the book at all and had just decided that Smith must have ignored all these classic arguments (because they're so strong, right? He does not resort to caustic insult, and what barbed remarks there are have a good reason for being there. Smith fails to provide any concrete proposals for how the monarchy would be abolished or what would replace it.

I wish Smith's book had been around much earlier, I would not have wasted time waiting to take up the cause; I would have started years ago.For the purposes of transparency, I'll state that I've been anti-monarchist for my entire adult life.

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