With Prince Andrew making popularity for the Royal family plummet, is it time for a republic?
Great Britain, master of the seas, winner of 2 world wars and we had the biggest empire in history. Today the empire has lost power and has transformed to the Commonwealth of Nations. The Commonwealth of Nations was formally constituted by the London Declaration in 1949, which modernised the community and established the member states as “free and equal”. The human symbol of this free association is the Head of the Commonwealth, Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen is the head of state of 16 member states, known as the Commonwealth realms, while 33 other members are republics and five others have different monarchs.
Surely it would be mad to abolish the monarchy? The symbol of Great Britain’s success, who led us to victory when the Nazis were trying to take over the world. But is that what happened? The Times of Israel wrote about what Karina Urbach (former research fellow and former historical adviser to the BBC and PBS) had to say, this included the following passages:
LONDON — In April 1945, code-breakers at Bletchley Park, England, intercepted the following telegram from Adolf Hitler, who was then under siege in his bunker in Berlin: “The Führer attaches importance to the President of the Red Cross, the Duke of Coburg, on no account falling into enemy hands.”
Karina Urbach, a German historian, believes that whatever information Hitler shared with Carl Edward, the Duke of Coburg — who was a grandson of Queen Victoria, and a close blood relative to the current British monarchy — it was damning enough to warrant an assassination request.
Then towards the end of the article:
In the UK, which is a constitutional monarchy, the royal family is often portrayed in the British media as apolitical: an institution that represents tradition without political power. But when certain members of that institution are continually attempting to hide their family’s past dealings with Nazi sympathizers, surely this is highly undemocratic and needs to be investigated further?
Great Britain loves to sing the God Save Our Queen national anthem and loves to look at royal babies but in reality, maybe the Royals were more allied to their own power rather than the British public.
The Commonwealth can’t end though well can it? The Commonwealth is a huge source of British power, isn’t it? Actually, there are no legal obligations because of belonging to the Commonwealth of Nations. Other systems such as economic blocs could replace it and could even be better. For example there is a movement called CANZUK, a possible economic union between Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK could encourage economic growth. More examples of different associations that unite countries include the EU and the Shanghai Cooperation.
But the Royal family bring a lot of money into the economy, don’t they? Brand Finance in 2015 concluded that the Royal family brought in 1.155 billion pounds into the UK economy.
However, when you examine the figures it raises questions, such as how could they possibly have estimated the Kate, George and Charlotte effects? What conclusive proof can there be? Did fashion and brand companies really ask every customer did they buy this due to the Royals? Also, a republic doesn’t mean we get rid of the historic artifacts and buildings related to the monarchy, so the tourism figures are unreliable. The estimated value of the PR as well is inconclusive. With tourism providing 26.2 billion pounds to the British economy in 2015, the real benefit of the Royals wouldn’t be a very significant proportion. The money spent on the Royals could be invested into something else to make money.
Ok, but the Royals still bring in money and they are fun, why ruin our fun? Ultimately, the British public may face more of a moral issue than a financial issue. Prince Andrew has sewn a sense of injustice into much of the public with recent revelations that he was good friends with sex trafficker and paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, furthermore Andrew’s hindering of the investigation into whether he raped sex trafficked victim Virginia Giuffre is making the public more uncomfortable. Much of the public have jumped to their own conclusions that he is guilty, see more below.
Having a sense of inequality and resentment in society will lead to increased crime for lack of respect to authority and maybe even end in bloody revolutions. Furthermore, Britain’s reputation on the world stage will be damaged. Ancient Rome, France and Germany made successful republics after each having a monarchy. A move to a republic can be done but the British people need a desire to change.
By Tyler Durden