MPs are effectively banned from criticizing a protected medieval relic in Parliament, although flattery is encouraged, writes Kevin Maguire
Brave activist Peter Tatchell has declined an invitation to join more than 100 national treasures in the Platinum Jubilee competition.
The Republican accused the Queen of snubbing the LGBT+ community for 70 years when he resisted an offer of seduction from a royal machine expecting a forced celebration.
It’s not an easy moment to be a Democrat demanding that the head of state be elected rather than swallowing up an influential position that will always remain in a privileged family of misfits with servants and footmen.
MPs are virtually forbidden to criticize a protected medieval relic in Parliament, although flattery is encouraged.
Therefore, discussion of whether we need a monarchy or that Charles must win a public vote to succeed Mama is quashed and he is automatically crowned to avoid debate.
Republican politicians like Labour’s Clive Lewis, who ran for party leadership in 2020, are less inclined to sing and dance about it at the moment.
He recently argued it was impossible to reconcile a desire for social mobility in a more just country with keeping a hereditary billionaire whose children automatically replace her as head of state.
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Graham Smith, leader of the Republican movement, which is running a Make Elizabeth the Last campaign, insists there are more MPs like Lewis who will raise their voices when the Queen is away.
Smith, who is hosting an online conference on Saturday with pro-change speakers including Tommy Sheppard of the SNP and Norman Baker of Lib Dems, is hopeful. Young people are increasingly skeptical about the monarchy.
And the 27% of Britons who, according to pollster YouGov, want an end to the hereditary monarchy is higher than state propaganda suggests.
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It is likely to expand as the throne is gifted to a less popular king.
Today was Oak Apple Day, which marked the restoration of the monarchy in 1660 after the English Civil War.
Charles II replaced the decapitated Charles I after an 11-year Roundhead republic collapsed following Oliver Cromwell’s death.
Anyone who did not carry a festive oak branch risked being pelted with bird eggs or hit with nettles.
Charles III may secretly yearn for days gone by, but the outdated institution isn’t as safe as this weekend’s coaxing celebrations make it seem.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/end-line-near-medieval-relic-27097170 "The end of the line is almost at hand for this medieval relic of hereditary monarchy" - Kevin Maguire