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    Or,Why We Prefer Mediocrity to Change

    Republican , Monarchist or not really bothered, please read Hitchens and you will surely at least form an opinion.In this concise analysis of Britains monarchy and how we view it, Hitchens gives the lie to the idea of the monarch sitting above the tawdry bickering of the politicians for the greater good .He points out that the toadying approach to our Royals of the last 100 years or so did not hold good in times past and we are invited to ask ourselves why we now accept what our relatively recent forebears challenged so openly .Hitchens aks the key question - If the British Monarchy truly sits above the political system, what use are they as part of a governmental system dictated by politics ? Alternatively, if they are key to our constitution , why do we leave to accident of birth as to whether these key roles are filled by anyone with a modicum of competence . Thought provoking and highly recommended, though perhaps not to Prince Philip .
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    Old Softy

    A terrific argument against the maintenance of the monarchy but the tone is much tamer than we grew to expect from Hitch.
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