I believe that as far as it doesn't do any economical or political harm, it is a part of culture. A living one.
I don't think there is much reason to get rid of them.
Yes, it is needed, because we get random days off work for weddings and shit
Don't forget a lot of the charity and diplomatic work they do.
Obviously Royalty are not needed and if you were setting up a new government you would choose a Republic, but what is the point in being a Jacobin and demanding that all current Monarchs step down?
Figurehead is an understatement for how little power they have, the cost to taxpayers is miniscule when looking at the rest of the budget, and the Tourism, Patriotism and general image of the country generated by a Monarch are worth the small cost. You could set up a massive advertising campaign, or you could just wheel the Monarch out a few times and do the exact same job.
As for the diplomatic work, don't be so naive. They're there to show off, and nothing more.
I find the idea of the monarchy detestable on multiple grounds. Not limited to but including:
1. Our monarchy (UK) represents a blur between Church and State. Even if the connection is just titular, the fact that we haven't chosen to remove it is an embarrassment. The monarch must still be a Protestant.
2. The monarchy has its roots in the concept of "the divine right of kings". I think that all people are born equal, and the preservation of our royal family is in direct contradiction of this.
3. The fact that they carry out "diplomatic" work is irrelevent; a president could do a better job, having been chosen based on their merits rather than accident of birth.
Mrs Elizabeth is the patron head of the RSPCA, yet supports fox hunting. This is like having a child molester being the head an organisation to prevent cruelty to children.
Furthermore, the royal family more or less claims it has the right to rule because the Norse god Woden let them. They are also apparently descended from him. I find this doubtful.
Luckily the monarchy of Britain is composed mostly of thick people, who actually realise they are too thick to rule. This doesn't stop Mr Charles from expressing his worthless views, such as his support for bullshit alternative medicine like homeopathy.
We have had a variety of useless tossers. Mr Edward 7th spent most of his time fornicating and using a frolitia chair.
Meanwhile we had Comrade George 6th who was completely fucking useless at public speaking.
I question why a collection of men on horseback set some dogs on the fox and follow it around till the thing gets exhausted and then torn to shreds by some dogs.
That sounds quite humane.
wow great arguments. You either love democracy or you will. Anyone with different NORMAL views is trolling. Very well.
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The Monarchy has always existed in this country, just because some people are absurdly jealous of them doesn't mean they should be gotten rid of.
And its not like they sit on their arses every day. In Britain our monarchy go out to visit other countries in the commonwealth to strengthen diplomatic relations often.
It doesn't really matter if there are still monarchies. It is my understanding that most monarchies run at a reduced power level, parallel to elected governments.
The real threats are dictatorships which are just modern day versions of barbaric god kings on Earth.
don't care, tbh, as long as idiots aren't running countries.
Only royalty I support: Belgium.
The country would probably fall apart were it not for the monarchy, its the only thing keeping it together.
Other than that, rich people buying expensive cars for themselves using taxpayer's money is quite definitely not needed. People should be able to choose their leaders, and nobody should inherit power. Reasoning that you can inherit the ability to be an effective ruler is about as dumb as believing you are born a musical god because your father was a rock-star.
Out of all the monarchies to whine about, you picked England? Really? Other than the royalty's social influence, they don't really have any official power other than things like knighting people. Does it really matter?
I don't really mind the monarchy of England, as long as they keep bringing cash and tourists in, I'm fine with it.
But I do feel they don't do very much.
From a foreigner POV and reading both sides, I'm really not seeing any convincing argument from the anti-monarchy side other than semantics while ignoring the practical benefits.
this is towards the UK monarchy only tho.