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To ask you if there were to be a vote tomorrow on whether or not we should become a Republic country, how would you vote?

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LLDilema Mon 14-Dec-15 14:18:03

Very long thread title... but just interested to know, if tomorrow it was announced that we all have to vote on whether to keep or abolish the royal family, how would you vote? Yes to keep. No to lose.

abbsismyhero Mon 14-Dec-15 14:20:29


ginghamcricketbox Mon 14-Dec-15 14:21:43

Yes, because the alternative would be worse. President Blair anyone?

duplodancer Mon 14-Dec-15 14:23:59


MephistophelesApprentice Mon 14-Dec-15 14:24:40

Yes. I support the right of indigenous cultures to maintain roles and rituals of historic significance. Having a constitutional 'reset' button and an apolitical centre of military authority are beneficial beyond measure.

wasonthelist Mon 14-Dec-15 14:25:08

Yes keep no good reason to change

zeezeek Mon 14-Dec-15 14:25:23

No. At least with a President we have a choice. Will be interesting to see how much more popular the Republican movement becomes when we have Charles as King.

LBOCS2 Mon 14-Dec-15 14:26:03

Yes to keep.

dinosaurkisses Mon 14-Dec-15 14:29:01

No to lose

angelos02 Mon 14-Dec-15 14:30:05

No. It is so out-dated in this day and age and in a democratic country, I can't quite believe we still put up with it.

TattyDevine Mon 14-Dec-15 14:30:48

Yes I would keep them.

Floisme Mon 14-Dec-15 14:31:19

Lose. At least if we ended up with President Blair it would be because people had voted for him. Plus there would always be the chance of voting him out.

MrsBungle Mon 14-Dec-15 14:33:19

No - to lose them.

wasonthelist Mon 14-Dec-15 14:35:17

Hang on, are we talking about a like-for-like? i.e. a figurehead president with no real power? IMHO the last thing we need is more mud-slinging party politics and illusory democracy.

RNBrie Mon 14-Dec-15 14:35:42

No - I am fond of them, but they cost the country a fortune (it's a myth that the cover their costs through revenue raised via tourism etc). Given the austerity measures currently being imposed on the majority of "normal" people in the country, I am genuinely surprised that anyone considers the Royal Family a justifiable expense.

CastaDiva Mon 14-Dec-15 14:39:38

It's like Godwin's law any time someone brings up this perfectly sensible question - someone bobs up to say 'the alternative would be worse - President Blair, anyone?' Blair was the Prime Minister, not the president/head of state figure who would replace the queen if the country became a republic and abolished the monarchy. The only similarity would be that a non-monarch head of state would be democratically elected, like Blair, unlike the queen. For a finite term. And unlikely to have executive political power, unlike a prime minister.

LLDilema Mon 14-Dec-15 14:40:49

RNBrie Do you have a source / link for that because that's what I've always thought - that the 'yes' team would counter with 'well they more than pay their way with tourism' and assorted things.

CastaDiva Mon 14-Dec-15 14:41:48

And of course the monarchy should be abolished. There isn't a single argument for retaining them, other than spurious ones about tourism and 'tradition', and some kind of weird, masochistic forelocking tugging devotion to the queen, with a side-order of tabloidy obsession with Kate Cambridge's haircut and offspring.

HorraceTheOtter Mon 14-Dec-15 14:43:25

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

CastaDiva Mon 14-Dec-15 14:43:41

The traditional (and quite rational) comeback to the 'we need them for tourism' straw man is to point out that Versailles doesn't lack for tourists.

LLDilema Mon 14-Dec-15 14:45:07

CastaDiva Godwin's law tends to end the debate though. I.e. a race to the bottom (Hitler). But it is perfectly acceptable, in my view, to suggest that Blair was democratically elected.

OldCrowMedicineShow Mon 14-Dec-15 14:45:52

No. Get rid.

hownottofuckup Mon 14-Dec-15 14:46:07

Yes - although I think the sensible answer would be no

AnnPerkins Mon 14-Dec-15 14:47:16


Littleonesaid Mon 14-Dec-15 14:47:45

Yes, yes, YES! to keep

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