Scrapping the ‘sexist’ laws of succession

As reported in various newspapers and on the BBC. Phew. That’s a relief. When this goes through our hereditary monarchy will be bang up-to-date.

Great comment on the Telegraph website:

“This has nothing to do with fairness and everything with Marxists trying to undermine the institution of monarchy without raising the alarm. Once the “unfairness” of male succession has been tackled, the unfairness of the hereditary nature of the monarchy. ”

If only.


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  1. The monarchy exists and survives like other institutions because it enjoys the general consent of the British people. If it ever ceases to enjoy that consent, it will be replaced. Constitutional change for the sake of change is pointless.

  2. I certainly agree that monarchs are but the people’s creatures. But, given that

    1. None of the main political parties are republican

    2. No referendum has ever been held on the status of the monarchy

    the opportunities for the British people to express their ‘general consent’ to this institution seem a bit limited. While it may be that the majority in England might still favour retaining the institution, I suspect that the answer would be very different in Scotland, and possibly in Wales too.

  3. By all means, put the matter of the future of the monarchy to the vote throughout the United Kingdom and in its constituent parts. I would merely point out (a) that the Scottish National Party intends to keep the monarchy if Scotland leaves the U.K. (b) that the Labour Party has always had a small ‘republican’ wing. There is nothing to stop anyone in a democracy arguing for or against the monarchy. I think it has met, is meeting and will continue to meet the needs of the British people. Hereditary succession within the Royal family is greatly to be preferred to the elevation of ‘political’ figures as heads of state.

  4. Tom Paine:

    ‘One of the strongest natural proofs of the folly of hereditary right in kings, is that nature disapproves it, otherwise she would not so frequently turn it into ridicule, by giving mankind an ass for a lion.’

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