If i swore allegiance to my plumber it would be worth more because my plumber actually does something rather than sit around and spend tax payers money on holidays.
Ugh so sick of hearing these "big brother" "mindless drones" arguments. This is not a recent phenomenon, it's not a government conspiracy.
Swearing allegiance to the monarch has been part of British culture longer than it has not. Read Pepys' diary if you want to get an idea of it, Charles II has just returned from exile and it is common practice to drink the King's health and toast the King etc. Granted, the monarch was far more significant in those days, but parilament was essential and things weren't *so* different in that respect.
It's harmless, it's an attempt to unify people behind our head of state - who symbolises of our history, culture and everything that is great about this country (even if in reality she is old and serves little purpose, it is not about that.)
If you'd rather take an oath to the flag then fair enough but there's not really all that much of a difference in what it symbolises. No-one takes it literally - that you would actually go off to the Republic of Ireland and attempt to take it back on the Queen's colonial whim..
If you'd rather not swear loyalty to this country at all - then why not? You reside here, are defended from external threats by the government, probably study or earn a living here. You take advantages of the opportunities provided for you here. Why not be loyal to this country?
if i were asked to, i'd refuse.
I really wouldn't wanna do that. I'm not a fan of my country much!!
how many times have you met The Queen?
i forward my belief in a simple manner so i do not get into and irate rant
Hells to the no.
Woman does nothing except talk really slow and chat on about her bleeding corgies.
I would swear allegiance to the Queen rather than the country.
I mean, what is "the country"?