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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After reading it, I feel slightly more hopeful that Britain has the potential to get rid of our monarchy before being submerged beneath the sea.

The book is not only an insult to the royal family and their supporters, but also to the intelligence and common sense of the reader. One of the stronger passages examines the prorogation affair of 2019 and the paralysis that overcame the queen as she struggled to reconcile her role of constitutional backstop with the expectation that the monarch do nothing to impede an elected government. This is Graham Smith’s experience of attending innumerable public and media debates with defenders of the institution.And the backend of the book title is also covered with process of removal of the monarchy and how a republican replacement can be introduced.

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.

It will be achieved, says Smith, by forcing the public to come to its senses about the chasm between its own values and those of the crown, perhaps by giving everyone a copy of this book. With accurate statistics, primary source material and interviews where he and his team have faced up to the relevant authorities and gleaned the truth out of them, Smith demonstrates how all the classic excuses for keeping the monarchy are not just mistaken - they're plain wrong. A book filled with myth busting, clear evidence of ridiculously bogus claims of fiscal value of the royals and proper grown up logic about governance - is the very type of book you need to avoid reading is you want to believe in something nonsensical . Thus many of the pro-monarchy arguments mentioned sounded very familiar from discussions I've had, e.

The dust jacket, with its silhouette of St Edward’s Crown upturned, gives it the appearance of a lost Sex Pistols album. But in most cases too, they accused him of offering no alternative - again showing they hadn't read the book - but also showing his outline for the future isn't a weakness at all. If you were hoping that the fall of the Windsors would at least mean no more tampon metaphors, think again. The operations of government under the monarchy are supposedly no less offensive to public morals than the transgressions of individual kings and queens.

One could be forgiven, after reading this book, for thinking that no greater intellects than Alan Titchmarsh and Stephen Fry have turned their minds to the subject. It’s a disarming opening, for sure, but – on the principle that you should always lead with your strongest suit – also an odd one, for, as Smith himself eventually says, questions of tourism are irrelevant to constitutional arrangements. Instead, Smith has produced a polemic that is more likely to alienate people who are already opposed to the monarchy than to persuade them to change their minds. Most worrying is the way in which we have created a ruling elite that can bypass the elected Parliament.

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