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God save the people

By MICHAEL_LIND  

Should British school-leavers be asked to make a pledge of allegiance to the Queen, as suggested in Lord Goldsmith’s recent citizenship review? Possibly, say David Goodhart and Kishwer Falkner in their article in the new issue of Prospect, but there are far more important issues at stake in the citizenship debate.

But I want to take issue with the Goldsmith suggestion. The suggestion of a pledge of allegiance to the monarch violates Lockean republican liberalism—and Britain is a republic with a figurehead monarch.

Lockean theory holds that there is a pre-political people, formed by a social contract—in practice, tacit consent…

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