I'm sure this has been done to death on D&D but i couldn't find any recent ones and so i thought it should be brought up again.
The Monarchy as an age old institution i believe should stay, not for patriotic reasons but fiscal ones. The provide far more economy to the community than removing them would release.
I view their main attraction as tourism, i am not saying that all monarchy should be kept, but The main body of the royal family should be left unchanged.
I think the balance of power between the de-politicised monarchy and government is the reason we've been stable and successful for centuries - more and longer than any other major country with democratic government.
Japs is no more offensive than Brits. Get over it.
I think we should keep them for Tourism (what's with the third world crap, Howard? They gain the country more money in tax revenue than it costs us - ergo, they earn us money. Doing things that earn the country money at no cost isn't 'third world' like (which is itself horribly patronising to the third world), it's business), but also because that would mean the Prime Minister would be the head of state. I do NOT want a President Blair (and remember, we'd have to draw up a constitution before doing this), not to mention the fact that it would affect a lot more countries than just our own - the Queen is head of state of over 20 countries.
They do bring a lot of money into the country, so economically they serve a purpose. Since they are deep-rooted in our heritage, it would be a shame to see them removed of their titles [not that it will ever happen].
Aaaargh i hate when people throw the tourism line. People never see the royal family- they come to see the palaces, the places the royals have visited, the monuments. they'd still be there if the royal family were gone. so get rid i say- and we'd still benefit from their so called tourism- without the expenses.
n. Offensive to wood.
A tall wooden device used for storing clothes.
EVERYTHING OFFENDS ME! YOU OFFEND ME!