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We're bombarded with images and news of them everywhere. What do they represent to you? are they pointless or are they a great concept in our society?
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i think there pretty pointless at this point the only thing they have going for them is keeping the history consistent, having a monarchy.
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Well, they bring millions of pounds worth of revenue into the UK a year. So they are a big help to our economy. I don't like that they hunt. Prince George is adorable

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Well, they bring millions of pounds worth of revenue into the UK a year. So they are a big help to our economy. I don't like that they hunt. Prince George is adorable

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They also cost us a lot since they use up our taxes. Only the Queen is important for tourism. All the others are just leeches on the economy.
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I'm fairly ambivalent to them.

As people: No idea, I don't know them, or what it's like to be born them. I suspect they're caught in a kind of state of permanent childhood, but I'm sure they are happy.
As a drain on society: I would need access to impartial figures. Some argue they bring in more money than they take, some argue otherwise. I don't think they should come before schools etc, but I can see why they might be part of the UK's 'image'.
As an ideology: Some people say they essentially represent dictatorship and class divide. They do, but it's not really a major problem in my opinion. There won't be another civil war over them - they are more like a living museum. I know they still have power they shouldn't, for historic reasons, but I sincerely doubt they could exercise it in a significantly detrimental way.
As a patriotic symbol: The make some people happy, and I guess that's a good thing.

I lean towards keeping them, but as above would need a full report on costs and benefits.
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I'd be very happy to see the end of them. CHOP!
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Yeah, it's been a whole 4 days since this was last asked, definitely time for thread 37,000 on the topic... :rolleyes:
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Yeah, it's been a whole 4 days since this was last asked, definitely time for thread 37,000 on the topic... :rolleyes:
I'll wait until thread number 37, 002 before making another.....
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We're bombarded with images and news of them everywhere. What do they represent to you? are they pointless or are they a great concept in our society?
OP, if you can genuinely find a new angle on the Royal Family that hasn't been discussed previously, go ahead.

But first, read the following threads, all but 2 of which are from this year alone:

how does the royal family affect you/ your local area?
Am I the only who finds the royal family's educational qualifications embarrassing?
People who are against the royal family don't understand the economics benefits
Should the UK abolish its monarchy?
Are You A Republican Or A Royalist?
What exactly is the point of the royal family?
Anti monarchy paranoia
Anyone else worried about the demise of the Royal Family?
I can't help but dislike the 'Royal Family'.
Poll: Why do we need a Queen? Is it time for the UK to become a republic?
Should the Royal Family be abolished?
The Royal Family ?

Every single one of those threads, regardless of actual title, descended into nothing but petty bickering within seconds.

You'll get no coherent dialogue.
And if by some miracle you do, it won't be original.
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(Original post by Drewski)
Yeah, it's been a whole 4 days since this was last asked, definitely time for thread 37,000 on the topic... :rolleyes:
My bad...I'm new to TSR:doh:
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Oh my God! the monarchy! they are such a leech on the taxpayer! they cost so much!

Amount UK makes in taxes each year: approx. £600 billion
Highest possible cost of monarchy per year: £202.4 million
So, the cost of the monarchy accounts for 0.033733% of yearly tax revenue

Shock and horror
Ban it immediately
Too expensive
Unaffordable
Dangerous
Imperial
Make it stop





I weep for this country.
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Oh my God! the monarchy! they are such a leech on the taxpayer! they cost so much!

Amount UK makes in taxes each year: approx. £600 billion
Highest possible cost of monarchy per year: £202.4 million
So, the cost of the monarchy accounts for 0.033733% of yearly tax revenue
That's 33p in every £1000. That's quite high considering our taxes are there to pay for the education, defence, healthcare and pensions of 60 million people.

I know it's not the biggest problem in our economy, but it's certainly not trivial.
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Boring not bothered
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I love Harry. He's hilarious. I'd like to party with him.
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Never liked them.
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I have absolutely no time for any of them.
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(Original post by fybyth)
Oh my God! the monarchy! they are such a leech on the taxpayer! they cost so much!

Amount UK makes in taxes each year: approx. £600 billion
Highest possible cost of monarchy per year: £202.4 million
So, the cost of the monarchy accounts for 0.033733% of yearly tax revenue

Shock and horror
Ban it immediately
Too expensive
Unaffordable
Dangerous
Imperial
Make it stop





I weep for this country.
I suggest you watch this:

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(Original post by ILovePancakes)
I suggest you watch this:

Was about to post this xD
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