(the other side to the tale)
Let's begin our tale by looking at a counter argument to a popular pro monarchy video below:
- and here is a quick government estimate of the cost of the recent jubilee events.
- The estimate for the jubilee's cost to the UK are between about 1bn to 3.5bn in this government assessment 2010. Assessment can be found here
According to the UK based pro-republican group 'Republic', the key monarchy cost figure is £150m, the estimated total expense for the maintenance and lifestyles of one family: 100 times the cost of the Irish presidency, 17 times the cost (per person) of members of parliament and without any return on our 'investment'.
60 years of one, unelected and unaccountable head of state is not something we should be celebrating in the 21st century. They claim we are a modern, liberal society but continue with a hereditary head of state is completely at odds with that.
Hereditary public office goes against every democratic principle. And because we can't hold the Queen and her family to account at the ballot box, there's nothing to stop them abusing their privilege, misusing their influence or simply wasting our money.
Meanwhile, the monarchy gives vast unchecked power to the government, shutting out the people from major decisions that affect the national interest.
Expensive, unaccountable and a drag on our democratic process, the monarchy is a broken institution. A head of state that's chosen by us could really represent our hopes and aspirations - and stop politicians exceeding their powers.
A CRITIQUE OF THE MONARCHY
(TAKEN FROM AN INFORMATIVE HUFFINGTON POST ARTICLE)
LINK: Diamond Jubilee: A Bad Few Days for Journalism
The royal family still enjoy many of the trappings of feudal extravagance. They have over 700 servants and nine royal palaces and residences; which is far more than they need or deserve.
In May, the Queen hosted seven royal dictators at Windsor Castle, including the blood-stained tyrants from Saudi Arabia and Bahrain who have violently suppressed peaceful pro-democracy protests. The invitation list was, according to the Foreign Office, drawn up by Buckingham Palace.
Going back in time to 1975, the Queen's representative in Australia, the Governor-General, dismissed the democratically-elected left-wing Labor government of Gough Whitlam. It was, in effect, a coup d'etat.
The Palace doesn't have a very good record as an employer. Most staff are not well paid. Royal service is, apparently, deemed to be a reward in itself. Historically, the Royal households were not an equal opportunities employer.
The honours system is cheapened by the persistent rewarding of undeserving royal favourites. Some honours are within the monarch's personal gift and are not based on recommendations from the Prime Minister and the Honours Secretariat.
One startling misjudgement by the Queen during her Diamond Jubliee celebrations was the absence of any publicly known beneficence towards the British people. No civic legacy was offered - no funding of a school, hospital, museum, library or other public institution to benefit the population. Elizabeth II does not appear to be generous to the public.
Royalty represents the acme of the class system - a system of privilege, snobbery and deference, which is totally out of step with modern democratic, meritocratic Britain. It is a hangover from feudalism. The way people today are still expected to bow and curtsey to the monarch symbolises the insulting arrogance and elitism of royalty.
Monarchy is also fundamentally incompatible with democracy. The highest public office in the land - head of state - should not be an inherited position. It should be open to all and based on merit, character and democratic election. The Queen would be welcome to stand for the post. If she won, which she might, I'd accept the result. She'd have a democratic mandate. Let the people decide.
Royal Babylon: The Criminal Record of the British Monarchy
FURTHER IMPORTANT COUNTER ARGUMENTS LINK: http://www.republic.org.uk/What%20we%20want/Win%20the%20argument/index.php
AND A LITTLE VIDEO BY A WELSH REPUBLICAN BELOW ;)