A REIGN CHECK
preferences among smaller parties.
While there might be a “focus of national unity” when one of the royal household gets married or celebrates a birth (something we ignore when there’s one of the increasingly regular royal divorces), the political nature of a democracy means voters congregate in tribes and say bugger unity. It might be a In his first two years, Francis, through the deployment of his modest personality and inclusive rhetoric, has skilfully created the impression of a much more open and tolerant Church without actually changing doctrine. wrench to get rid of the royal family but they wouldn’t be missed once they were gone.
After a tumult of indignation – no doubt replete with “the end of the world as we know it” warnings – that famous British attitude of getting on with life would emerge and the sun would continue to rise in the east.
As a bonus, the Exchequer would have about £80 million extra ($A165 million) to play with and assets worth billions to add to the balance sheet.
If the British did get rid of their monarch – there has to be a generous royal pension scheme somewhere in the official apparatus that supports the Windsors – in Australia we would have to adjust.
While Tony Abbott and monarchist kingpin David Flint might need counselling, we could easily shift to a republic and think about following New Zealand by ditching the Union Jack from out flag.
Having the same job for 23,277 days is an achievement but it’s time to let go. Queen Elizabeth, your time is up.