While the CBC and BBC are in the middle of falling over themselves to polish the royal nubbin, its time (again) to point out that the monarchy is an institution out of time. It is incompatible with the notion of self-governance of a people – be it liberal democracy, social democracy or some other flavour of demos kratia.
The British Republican movement is once again agitating for an end to this anachronism. In their own words:
Why get rid of the monarchy?
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.
Now while the public purse argument may have less resonance, the fact that while we are beating up the poor in Canada and dismissing “entitled” students, the most entitled glamour-puss in the country is busy being fetted for unwarranted adulation for 60 years. I’m sure HRH is an alright sort, but she is not a figure head to be celebrated. Our adherence to “tradition” in this particular instance smacks of cowardice and a simpering acknowelegement that we do not have the fortitude to actually be a free people. Canadian republicans where are you?