Put women in charge and grant England independenceby Serena Kutchinsky / April 24, 2014 / Leave a comment
“There is a certain elegance in accepting that anything goes”
© Richard Chambury/Rex
The first thing I would do as ruler would be to set up an all-female government. Aside from myself there would be no men in power at all. The patriarchy has failed miserably, and it’s time for a fresh approach. There has always been the odd woman who assumes masculine characteristics in order to succeed, such as Margaret Thatcher, but it would be a very different situation if we filled all positions of power with women—the key benefit being a global shift away from war and empire building, towards creating better opportunities for the next generation of citizens.
Any hierarchical hereditary principles of government would be also abolished—it negates democracy. If you create an elite you are saying that not everyone can achieve their ultimate goals. I would abolish the monarchy and the House of Lords—they are anachronistic, irrelevant and their existence sends a message that elitism is engrained in our society and culture.
Since I would be a ceremonial head of state, I could happily retreat to a small tropical island and get on with my writing and enjoying my life. I would have effectively opted out of society but would speak to my advisors by conference call once a week to check everything was ticking over and that the constitution, which I would have drawn up beforehand, was being followed.
When I was first considering world domination it crossed my mind to include a clause in the constitution stating that all books other than mine should be burnt. But, this power thing is a bit strange—I wouldn’t really want to control people’s reading habits. Hopefully my new government would devise a more effective education system which would result in the creation of more works of quality rather than the escapist fluff that you see everywhere.
The way we put our arts and culture right is to take pride in what we do instead of trying to be the 51st state of America. It’s ridiculous to claim that films such as Gravity are British. It makes us look pathetic and needy, when our own independent films would do just as well if they got more exposure. At the Cannes film festival…