So today I have tried to avoid the news as its wall to wall Windsor and the Queen’s 90th year of undemocratic rule and privilege. To punish myself for anything bad I did in another life I decided to watch some of it.
Every channel was gushing, fawning, and dribbling with the usual plethora of reporters, hangers-on, politicians and the general public (mainly in England) talking about how wonderful, beautiful, caring, charitable Elizabeth Windsor has been to us all. They drooled at length about how our (not) democracy could not have survived without the Queen to guide us through our darkest moments, must admit I have never seen any Windsor guiding anyone to their local food bank so they don’t starve, but where would we be without the non-political, non-interfering Queen to save us from ourselves.
Now as anyone who knows me knows I am not in favour of a hereditary monarch as head of state. This is the most common style of monarchy in the countries that still have them and is the form that is used by almost all of the world’s existing monarchies. Under a hereditary monarchy, all the monarchs come from the same family, and the crown is passed down from one member to another member of the family irrespective of what the poor people and voters think.
The fact that we have this Disney Movie of a system reinforces the whole House of Lords and honours bullshit that we live with everyday. Now there are those who believe that the monarchy is more democratic than a meritocracy (system based on individual ability and achievement). They are wrong, simple as that, well they are in my opinion. I mean poor Charles has been on the longest apprenticeship in history and is probably still not qualified to do the job even now.
The media have spent the day telling us about how in tune the monarchy and the Queen are with modern Britain, and while many people in England when asked loaded questions will answer as desired and positively the simple fact is that the media are out of touch with reality and how many feel in this country about this system. There are an estimated 3.5 million children living in poverty in the UK but when a wee Windsor is born the media go into overdrive, as they did today when talking about how wonderful a Grandmother and Great Grandmother the Queen is to our future Kings.
The simple fact remains that the hereditary principle goes against everything that I believe in and goes against every democratic principle that I have and that this country is supposed to hold. Now many in Westminster, and in the media will tell you that the Queen has no power, they are lying. The Queen has power to sign international treaties and deploy British troops abroad, now while parliament decides on many things the power to deploy troops does not lay with parliament but with the Prime Minster.
The Queen and Prince Charles also have the power to veto bills that affect their private interests and have used these powers extensively over the years; records show that 39 bills have been blocked by the Windsors. One important Bill stopped was when Queen completely vetoed the Military Actions Against Iraq Bill in 1999, a private member’s bill that sought to transfer the power to authorise military strikes against Iraq from the monarch to parliament.
They also have power over their private income in that they can use the monies raised from publicly maintained things like Duchy of Lancaster to fund their private homes in Balmoral and Sandringham. This unelected system does a disservice to all of us, well those of us who actually believe in democracy.
So when the yoons in the unionist camps keep telling us that the SNP are a cult and that we don’t live in a democracy in Scotland they are partly correct, as long as we have an unelected Head of State in the UK we do not live in a democracy, we are subjects, and we are less than they are because we were born into the wrong family according to their system.