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By Prospect   May 2011

Why retain a relic?

Simon Jenkins’s point (April) that the monarchy relieves the pressure on more important people. such as the prime minister,  by performing state duties is a remarkably feeble case for the retention of a relic.

If we wish to relieve pressure on the prime minister, why does he also perform the duties of a constituency MP? He cannot possibly have the time. If he does, there must be very little to do as an MP, so why are we paying full-time salaries to 650 of them?

Jonathan Lucas Amersham, Bucks

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