Just been watching it now, anyone else love all the tradition and swords and ceremonies too?
It takes you back watching it, as if you've gone back in time hundreds of years. I really like seeing all the swords and maces and the queen being escorted by the household cavalry. I love this country with it's royal family and strange old traditions. Proud to be English.
What's everyone else's opinion on it? Think it's a waste of taxpayer's money, or a cultural heritage we should be proud of?
Wish hs2 had been mentioned, glad the lords reform is being pushed, as a conservative myself even though it is not in line with party politics we would benefit greatly from two chambers of a legislature rather than the commons and the role of the lords currently very little.
There's no reason why we can't keep the pomp and circumstance as a republic.
That said I don't really mind whether we are a monarchy or a republic, I don't have a problem with the Queen or most of her heirs, and I wouldn't have a problem with a President. Funnily enough the only institution I do have a problem with at the moment is Parliament. Scrap the whole bloody lot of them and give us an e-democracy in their stead. We have little need of a representative democracy where the will of the people is magically changed into the will of the politicians and the corporations who bought them out long ago.
Last edited by Aphotic Cosmos; 09-05-2012 at 16:16.
(Original post by Algorithm69)
The Monarchy is a waste of money, an insult to democracy, and has been an archaic and morally unjustifiable institution since 1776.
And a lot of the monarchy's expenses come through some royal family members indulging, such as the one who travelled to an Indian slum on a private jet, and stayed at a 7000 pound nightly palace, instead of the high commission residence. (Cough cough, Prince Andrew, don't you have any shame you rat?)
The Royal Family is just a waste of money, end of. These royal families are simply OLD, but we are moving FORWARD. We DON’T need them. We need an improved democracy, and only that.
As a fully paid up supporter of all things democratic, I really shouldn't like the royal family, but I do! And technically, since the monarch now holds no real political power, you can be supportive of the royal family without being undemocratic.
I must admit however that Charles and Andrew (and his offspring!) are not my favourite people, and according to my dad who was in the Marines at the same time as Edward, he's not all that great either. But Princess Anne's pretty awesome.