Do you believe that the British Monarchy is a good thing or a bad thing?
Good, they have no real political power anyway for me it's a reminder of history, where a lot of us came from. To be honest though the queen to me seems like werre looking at the last monarch with real integrity. I can't imagine Charles as king and William seems to be a good guy so far but who know what he'll be like in 20 years.
It's good for the British but, perhaps, not so much for the "Commonwealth" nations anymore. Times, nations, and people change and the British Monarchy will, ultimately, get caught up in that change.
I think, that we should ask those who live under British rule.
The British Monarchy is the best model in the world and one can easily refer this to anyone (specially to countries having dictatorships or authoritarian regimes) that what a Constitutional Monarchy is all about, how monarchy and democracy can go with each other where both knows, follows and respects each other. The biggest proof of its success is that the United Kingdom ruled in each corner of the world and even today, the British Queen is the constitutional head of several countries like Canada, Australia, New Zealand and other nations in the Caribbean. Is there any doubt that its bad?
The queen is only the head of State and has no real political power. However, that is more convienient than holliding Presidential elections, it is probably more efficient, too The queen has hadpolitical meetings with the Prime Minister of the day every Tuesday for the last 60 years, she is probably the most politicaly aware person in the country.
Even though I am born a Canadian, I was born 64 years ago under British Rule. The Union Jack back in the day was my flag, the queen was my queen, I still feel the same and I love Elizabeth II, as my queen.
Any form of government that has the people participating democratically is a good thing. It is the forms of government without consideration of the people being governed that is a bad thing. These governments are mostly tyranny or ruling people under a dictatorship form of government.
Definitely a good thing. If Brits ever abolish the monarchy, tourism will drop like a rock. Nobody does pageantry like they do! Seriously though, despite the queen (or king as the case may be) having no real political power, the monarchy's rituals and traditions provide a sense of order and continuity that would be lacking if the monarchy didn't exist.
Living in Australia, which is part of the Commonwealth, the citizens here don't seem to care too much for the British Monarchy apart from the older people who grew up to appreciate the history of the nation and the colonization by the British (with settlement in 1788). For the most part, the citizens of Australia do like to see when Prince William and Kate Middleton show generosity and goodwill, going against what is the norm when being in such a position. I think William and Kate are well respected but as for the Monarchy as a whole, it's only a matter of time before there is another referendum in Australia to become a republic. There's no obvious benefits or involvement from the British Monarchy in Australia.
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