The problem is that many people (including me), do not like the idea of a monachy and so swearing allegiance to the queen is really just a moot point.
The fact that she has sworn to protect us or whatever doesn't really matter. It's like someone off the street comes up to you and says they have sworn an oath to protect you. Does that mean you should swear allegiance to that person?
Say, isn't this meant to promote citizenship? If I were to swear allegiance to the monarchy, I would, by definition, be a subject not a citizen.
This idea is meant to foster patriotism, but I feel that that patriotism breeds jingoism and warmongering.
Oh God some of the people on here are the kind of person that would give junkies smack for fear of violating their human rights.
Bit of harmless patriotism and people think it's going to divide communities and brainwash the masses (we are not a radical country - we have always been cynics, and very few would take it ultra-seriously) or are deeply offended that they are theoretically swearing allegiance to one person (although in reality I doubt anyone is actually stupid enough to fail to recognise that the Queen symbolises the country/history/culture).
We have many serious social problems in the UK today, with war veterans being mugged, medals being stolen, drunk kids battering one another... If people were taught from a young age that we were all British and that this is something to be proud of then perhaps there would be a decline in the aforementioned problems.
Not to mention the fact that it should help make those that come from foreign countries integrate from a young age and prevent them feeling alienated within the UK (and possibly turning to terrorism).
Down with the royal family. Up the republic and true democracy within the UK.
Not only should we swear allegiance, but I say the monarchy makes a return.
I adhere to Machiavelli's beliefs.
There's something distinctly creepy about the idea of swearing allegiance. As well as this, it's not going to solve any of the problems with society; it's a pointless exercise. For example, in America, they still pledge allegiance, and we all know what a well-balanced and inclusive society they've got running over there, don't we?
No. I'd refuse, simply because it would just mean nothing to me.
How about allegiance to the UK flag instead?