The Queen has done an outstanding job

Visitors look at pictures in The Long to Reign Over Us photographic exhibition at Buckingham Palace in London to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II becoming the longest reigning British monarch. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 9, 2015. See PA story ROYAL Reign. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Visitors look at pictures in The Long to Reign Over Us photographic exhibition at Buckingham Palace in London to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II becoming the longest reigning British monarch. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 9, 2015. See PA story ROYAL Reign. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
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In response to Barrie Dalby’s email published September 24, 2015.

Is there any group in society more spiteful, envious and mean-spirited than republicans?

In his diatribe of half truths and innuendo he claims our national anthem isn’t a gesture of national allegiance… well actually it is because it’s our NATIONAL ANTHEM!

The clue here really is in the title.

He goes on to spout the usual mantra of a republican, (probably taught to him like a nursery rhyme by Graham Smith the unelected leader of Republic, membership just 30,000 including Barrie), about how the Queen is unelected and how monarchy has no place in a “modern” society.

Unfortunately with a 70 per cent approval rating the monarch has more approval than any MP in living memory. Indeed no government in living memory has come close.

It’s hard to believe a president would be a unifying factor for the country either. If a similar number turn out to vote as in a general election the turnout would be around 35 per cent. If as many as 55 per cent of those vote for the successful candidate that would be just 8.5million people or just over 14 per cent of the population!

It’s somewhat short of a 70 per cent approval rating and because a president would be overtly political they would and could, only be divisive.

He goes on to say the monarchy costs “well in excess of £300 million per year”.

You have to bear in mind we’re using Graham maths at this point. The monarchy costs each tax payer around 63p a year, somewhat less than one Mars Bar or £18.9million per year total.

If Barrie is wanting to save the country a bob or two a president is not the way to go.

For a start we’d have to stump up for elections every four years, the president would need somewhere to live so, as the state, (not the Queen), owns Buckingham Palace they might as well go there, no savings there then. The president and their family will need security for life once elected. This means we could easily end up with 10 families with round-the-clock protection after a period of time.

Also can you imagine the presidential election broadcasts when the president stops paying attention to the role of being head of state and devotes their time instead to getting re-elected!

Barrie even chucks in a throwaway line about the monarchy’s “friends in the city,” obviously no mention of names or proof are required in a general smear such as this.

He finally goes on to say he “looks forward to the day” all this comes to pass. Fortunately this is the bit where the majority of people in this country can relax, because it’s safe to say the nightmare scenario of a president won’t happen in our lifetime.

Our Queen has done an outstanding job throughout her reign and long may she and her successors continue.

Up the revolution, eh Barrie!

Martin Laurie

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