I just wanted to get a feeling for other peoples sentiments on the Monarchy as the Diamond Jubilee weekend is upon us.
Personally I am a Republican in theory and an Monarchist in practice. Mainly because I think that people like the Queen do a pretty fantastic job.
How about you?
Last edited by Classical Liberal; 01-06-2012 at 12:39.
My statement is nothing to do with the amount of social mobility we have or how easy it is for someone to move up and down the social ladder, our monarchy is social inequality incarnate where a group of people are born into an official role that allows them a state salary and power over everyone else. They aren't there because of merit or hard work, they are there because of a supposed birth right.
(Original post by Guz2)
Rubbish. Do you know the five countries with the highest social mobility? Denmark, Norway, Finland, Canada and Sweden, in that order.
Of those five, Finland is the only republic. Canada even shares our Queen.
The idea that everyone is born equal is fundamental to our society, in practice is this really the case? No, a middle class kid is probably going to get a better start in life than a working class kid and statistically the middle class kid is more likely to retain his social status as he grows up than the working class kid is to move up. This is an unavoidable result of our society and in reality social inequality will probably always exist in some form or another but that doesn't mean we shouldn't try to reduce it and currently we do have a number of tax funded programs in place to try and combat it. Having an institution like the monarchy while all this is going on is completely hypocritical and on principle alone they should not exist.
It isn't a case of how much money they cost, how much tourism they bring in or how they are perceived around the world. It's a case of having a group of people who live a life of luxury on the back of every other person in this country because they happened to be born into a particular family and how it is completely hypocritical to tell everyone they are born equal and will be treat as such when our own head of state was not born equal and is treated better than everyone else.
Last edited by Darth Stewie; 04-06-2012 at 01:36.