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    (Original post by Markg125)
    You're completely missing the point. The reason why MI5 protect David Cameron of the secret service protect Obama is for one important reason. They are ELECTED.
    Chosen by the people on their behalf to represent them nationally and internationally. Therefore the 'will of the people' if you like should be protected. They are important figures who make life changing decisions for everyone in the county.

    On the contrary the Queen sits on her arse.

    If we became a republic, then it would be pretty obvious that the PM would become the head of state, since as he mainly serves all its primary functions through the royal prerogative.
    That is completely and totally not why they receive public-funded security. They are protected because they are public officials with high-risk security threats against them.

    The Queen has them too, and therefore is subject to that security. As is the President of Germany, who is not elected.

    Any member of the public who was the target of a known threat would likewise receive security until such time as the threat ended.

    To claim it's because they are elected is complete and utter tripe. It's your own personal imprint upon the matter, and secret servicemen don't give a toss what you think.
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    (Original post by gladders)
    That is completely and totally not why they receive public-funded security. They are protected because they are public officials with high-risk security threats against them.

    The Queen has them too, and therefore is subject to that security. As is the President of Germany, who is not elected.

    Any member of the public who was the target of a known threat would likewise receive security until such time as the threat ended.

    To claim it's because they are elected is complete and utter tripe. It's your own personal imprint upon the matter, and secret servicemen don't give a toss what you think.
    The President of Germany is elected just not directly.
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    (Original post by United1892)
    The President of Germany is elected just not directly.
    He's appointed by a joint session of the two House of Parliament. That's not far off from the Queen's presence being assented to by the British parliament not seeking to abolish her position.

    And the point still stands: no public official gets or is denied security based on whether they are elected or not. That's flatly not a criteria that the services consider, or should consider.

    Also, Markg125, it is not 'obvious' that we would have Cameron take over the Head of State's duties if we removed the monarchy. Why on earth would we do that? No other country does.
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    Pay a tribute? Why?
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    "Pay your tributes"

    - Bunch of loonies come in the thread and start whining about the Monarchy.

 
 
 
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