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Long live the Queen?

Edwina Currie, Alex Salmond, Yann Martel and other public figures tell us whether the monarchy is good for Britain

By Prospect   April 2011

Eric Hobsbawm, historian

Constitutional monarchy without executive power has proved a reliable framework for liberal-democratic regimes, such as in the Netherlands, Belgium, Britain and Spain. It is likely to remain useful, if only because it removes politics from the succession problem. (Imagine having to choose any member of the present and past governments as president.) It won’t do any harm for a monarch to practise a religion, but there is no case for identifying a multi or non-religious country with a monarch who is the head of a single faith. Monarchy has ceased to be of relevance to most inhabitants…

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