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Abolish the Monarchy: Why we should and how we will

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I used to volunteer in Graham Smith’s organisation, so a lot of these arguments and how he tells them is very familiar.

Elizabeth was not doing the good work I thought she was, and in all this time, the royal family have definitely wielded power. Despite the scandal, the outrage and falling support, MPs and the wider establishment have turned a blind eye to this issue, just as they try to avoid other questions of wider constitutional reform.A crucial, riveting polemic in support of one of the most precious things humanity has built - democracy itself. 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. Smith diagnoses this extraordinary episode, which culminated in the Supreme Court resorting to a legal fiction to annul Boris Johnson’s six-week suspension of Parliament, as a failure of monarchy.

monarchy represents the unelected rule of the disproportionately privileged over those who suffer due to economic inequality. But due to their protections from Freedom of Information (FOI) requests, yet again the whole picture is not easy to obtain. There are however, valuable discussions about the possibility of the UK one day having a singular codified (written constitution). Smith is hazy on the itinerary, but that doesn’t stop him looking forward to a time when the ‘champions of our most cherished shared values’ appear in place of the king on stamps, and the likes of Carol Ann Duffy are put to work writing a republican constitution.Smith fails to provide any concrete proposals for how the monarchy would be abolished or what would replace it. Smith’s sixteen hours in police custody has generated more publicity for his organisation than the eighteen years he’s toiled away campaigning to replace the monarch with an elected head of state.

A president put in a similar position to the queen, without constitutional protocols to follow, would have encountered the same troubles. It just reaffirmed what I already think without being too revolutionary or bogged down in facts/figures. This is a very timely reminder of the constitutional absurdity of our taxpayer-funded Royal Family that is at war with itself. It covers the same topic as The Enchanted Glass: Britain and its Monarchy but with an utterly different tone and style. The result is a very timely work, though it is doubtful how relevant this book will remain outside of this year, let alone the coming decades.Abolish the Monarchy: Why we should and how we will attempts to give the Overton Window a hefty shove, for which I commend it. Making a compelling case for the various downsides of a constitutional conservation of inherited privilege, Graham Smith delivers a passionate and eloquent analysis of how monarchy impedes the full realisation of British democracy. If you accept the monarchy, you must accept the moral compromise that comes with it, from its erosion of the principle of equality to the secret interference in our laws. Like Smith says in the book itself, if you are a monarchist, this book is probably not for you - which is the precise reason I would recommend it to all the monarchists out there.

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