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(Guardian)   It is still illegal for Britons to publicly state that the Royal family are a bunch of annoying inbred asshats, and that the entire institution should be consigned to the rubbish pits of history   (theguardian.com) divider line 131
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2013-12-13 05:59:15 PM
They had their chance at a republic and they blew it

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2013-12-13 06:01:18 PM
Fortunately though, it is now legal to be an incorrigible rogue, so I think i'm off the hook
 
2013-12-13 06:09:19 PM
So, like the monarchy, the law is a powerless relic of a bygone age that would not last one day under a serious legal challenge should it become necessary to do so.

Which is a shame, because the Monarchy is a good thing. It's not an absolute monarchy, it's constitutional and simply a figurehead, so relax and enjoy the show.
 
2013-12-13 06:16:05 PM
What slaxl said.
My worries are for Thailand where a real hero (the elderly king) has a not so perfect heir.

(Two SIL's from Thailand, despite his hatred for politicians (well, a real plus for him) ) the stories from one inside the former palace and one in the "opposition" have me admire him.
 
2013-12-13 08:03:19 PM
I didn't vote for you.
 
2013-12-13 09:11:21 PM
Who are the Britons?
 
2013-12-13 09:12:59 PM
I read the headline in Morrissey's voice.
 
2013-12-13 09:14:06 PM

George Babbitt: They had their chance at a republic and they blew it


THANKS OBAMA!
 
2013-12-13 09:14:15 PM

exvaxman: What slaxl said.
My worries are for Thailand where a real hero (the elderly king) has a not so perfect heir.

(Two SIL's from Thailand, despite his hatred for politicians (well, a real plus for him) ) the stories from one inside the former palace and one in the "opposition" have me admire him.


My hope is that the Thai people watch season 4 of Game of Thrones to figure out what to do.
 
2013-12-13 09:16:08 PM
Why dismantle a huge tourist attraction?  BTW, you can no longer say bad sh*t about Mickey Mouse or the feds will trundle you of to gaol.
 
2013-12-13 09:17:18 PM
Fortunately, I should be long gone before King George assumes the throne. (And reclaims the colonies.)
 
2013-12-13 09:17:50 PM

George Babbitt: They had their chance at a republic and they blew it

[www.nationalgalleries.org image 850x464]


Always thought Oliver Cromwell should've been one of the English leaders in the Civilization games. New Model Army is a great name for a trait.
 
2013-12-13 09:18:21 PM
Just to play devil's advocate for a sec, I guess Prince Harry did make it to the South Pole recently... so that's kinda spiffy.
 
2013-12-13 09:18:59 PM
I doubt they could have come up with better picture that could make the Queen look simultaneously senile and sinister. Personally, I hope to live to see  Wills become king.
/Republic, pfft.
 
2013-12-13 09:21:10 PM

fusillade762: Who are the Britons?


Let's find out.
 
2013-12-13 09:21:50 PM
Eh, as long as the royalty keep leading their ridiculous amounts of land to the state at ridiculously low rates, even the most strident republican will come up with a reason to keep them.
 
2013-12-13 09:22:24 PM

ladyfortuna: Just to play devil's advocate for a sec, I guess Prince Harry did make it to the South Pole recently... so that's kinda spiffy.


With how many Sherpas, guards, handlers, maids and fluffers?
 
2013-12-13 09:22:39 PM
Are there similar laws in any of the Queen's 15 other realms?
 
2013-12-13 09:23:13 PM
Boy, could they have used any other of picture of Elizabeth in which she doesn't just look royally pissed(no pun intended)?
 
2013-12-13 09:24:28 PM

Practical_Draconian: George Babbitt: They had their chance at a republic and they blew it

[www.nationalgalleries.org image 850x464]

Always thought Oliver Cromwell should've been one of the English leaders in the Civilization games. New Model Army is a great name for a trait.


I'm anxious for Civ6. I never played the expansion packs for 5 as I had already played it to death by the time they came out.
 
2013-12-13 09:26:10 PM

ladyfortuna: Just to play devil's advocate for a sec, I guess Prince Harry did make it to the South Pole recently... so that's kinda spiffy.


And he can be assured of the loyalty of his newfound penguin subjects.
 
2013-12-13 09:32:05 PM
At least with a monarchy you knew where you stood in life. nowadays everyone thinks they are top dog over a buncha lil wieners.

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2013-12-13 09:32:11 PM

GentlemanJ: I doubt they could have come up with better picture that could make the Queen look simultaneously senile and sinister. Personally, I hope to live to see  Wills become king.
/Republic, pfft.


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2013-12-13 09:32:28 PM
The entire country is one big cosplay event. They have uniforms/costumes for everybody and everything. Wigs for the judges and lawyers, Bowlers on bankers, spiked hair for the punks, on and on it goes.
 
2013-12-13 09:33:42 PM
Not sure I'm entirely opposed to having a separate head of government from head of state.  Let the Queen handle all of the "fluff" duties, like entertaining foreign dignitaries and ribbon cuttings and the like; and let the PM do the nasty business of sausage-making to get laws passed and the country improved.  The states could learn a thing or two from the britons on this one, methinks.
 
2013-12-13 09:33:44 PM
images.marketplaceadvisor.channeladvisor.com

she ain't no human being
 
2013-12-13 09:34:19 PM
Apos I read the headline in  Morrissey's voice.

you'd think he'd like the Royals since the Irish & Germans are known to drink...
 
2013-12-13 09:34:49 PM

Slaxl: So, like the monarchy, the law is a powerless relic of a bygone age that would not last one day under a serious legal challenge should it become necessary to do so.

Which is a shame, because the Monarchy is a good thing. It's not an absolute monarchy, it's constitutional and simply a figurehead, so relax and enjoy the show.


I dunno. If you just want to gawk at some over-privilaged asshats doing silly crap, reality TV is probably the more economical route to go, these days.
 
2013-12-13 09:34:51 PM
I wonder what this means for me as a corrigible rogue.
 
2013-12-13 09:35:08 PM

jayphat: Boy, could they have used any other of picture of Elizabeth in which she doesn't just look royally pissed(no pun intended)?


Well, I prefer QEII's somber pics. She seems like a malevolent troll when she flashes those pearly whites:


i.telegraph.co.uk
 
2013-12-13 09:36:23 PM

George Babbitt: Practical_Draconian: George Babbitt: They had their chance at a republic and they blew it

[www.nationalgalleries.org image 850x464]

Always thought Oliver Cromwell should've been one of the English leaders in the Civilization games. New Model Army is a great name for a trait.

I'm anxious for Civ6. I never played the expansion packs for 5 as I had already played it to death by the time they came out.


Civ 6? The latest Civ V add-on just came out. Gods & Kings has the better civs and music, but Brave New World puts Civ V in IV's ballpark parking lot. Trading caravans and ships seemed so minor, but they're what's really different.

/Theodore Roosevelt needs to be the leader of the US in the next civ. Getting tired of the usual leaders ... how about Cromwell for England, Nehru for India, Cardinal Richelieu for France, Tamerlane for the Mongols in Civ 6?
 
2013-12-13 09:37:25 PM
At least she ain't claiming  "Affluenza" or some such BS.
 
2013-12-13 09:37:49 PM

KeeptheChief: Fortunately, I should be long gone before King George assumes the throne. (And reclaims the colonies.)


Weren't you here from 2001-2009?
 
2013-12-13 09:39:14 PM
The problem with a monarchy can be summed up in three words...King Charles III

/Or George the VII if he doesn't wanna remind the peasants of what they can do if they get tired of him
 
2013-12-13 09:43:49 PM

Shaggy_C: Not sure I'm entirely opposed to having a separate head of government from head of state.  Let the Queen handle all of the "fluff" duties, like entertaining foreign dignitaries and ribbon cuttings and the like; and let the PM do the nasty business of sausage-making to get laws passed and the country improved.  The states could learn a thing or two from the britons on this one, methinks.


There are a lot of countries that do exactly that but without a monarchy. A ceremonial President or whatever, usually some elder statesman elected for a single relatively lengthy term by the legislature, combined with a parliamentary Prime Minister or Chancellor who exercises governmental power. No need to play the genetic lottery to have a separate Head of State.
 
2013-12-13 09:45:56 PM

Practical_Draconian: George Babbitt: Practical_Draconian: George Babbitt: They had their chance at a republic and they blew it

[www.nationalgalleries.org image 850x464]

Always thought Oliver Cromwell should've been one of the English leaders in the Civilization games. New Model Army is a great name for a trait.

I'm anxious for Civ6. I never played the expansion packs for 5 as I had already played it to death by the time they came out.

Civ 6? The latest Civ V add-on just came out. Gods & Kings has the better civs and music, but Brave New World puts Civ V in IV's ballpark parking lot. Trading caravans and ships seemed so minor, but they're what's really different.

/Theodore Roosevelt needs to be the leader of the US in the next civ. Getting tired of the usual leaders ... how about Cromwell for England, Nehru for India, Cardinal Richelieu for France, Tamerlane for the Mongols in Civ 6?


Yeah, I know my timeline doesn't mesh with the expansion pack releases, but I never keep single player games installed very long.

Cardinal Richelieu is a good one. Make him look like Tim Curry ingame for the lulz.
 
2013-12-13 09:46:04 PM
If you think a family worth trillions doesn't own your ass, you'd better wake the fark up.
 
2013-12-13 09:46:57 PM

fusillade762: Who are the Britons?


Well we all are. We are all Britons.
 
2013-12-13 09:47:36 PM

mark12A: The entire country is one big cosplay event. They have uniforms/costumes for everybody and everything. Wigs for the judges and lawyers, Bowlers on bankers, spiked hair for the punks, on and on it goes.


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2013-12-13 09:49:47 PM

Churchill2004: Shaggy_C: Not sure I'm entirely opposed to having a separate head of government from head of state.  Let the Queen handle all of the "fluff" duties, like entertaining foreign dignitaries and ribbon cuttings and the like; and let the PM do the nasty business of sausage-making to get laws passed and the country improved.  The states could learn a thing or two from the britons on this one, methinks.

There are a lot of countries that do exactly that but without a monarchy. A ceremonial President or whatever, usually some elder statesman elected for a single relatively lengthy term by the legislature, combined with a parliamentary Prime Minister or Chancellor who exercises governmental power. No need to play the genetic lottery to have a separate Head of State.


It's really more of a genetic 2d6 than a genetic lottery at this point.
 
2013-12-13 09:50:20 PM
Sounds like someone needs some time in the TOWER!
 
2013-12-13 09:51:47 PM

Pribar: The problem with a monarchy can be summed up in three words...King Charles III

/Or George the VII if he doesn't wanna remind the peasants of what they can do if they get tired of him


I went to check, and apparently the only other option he has from his given names is "Philip I", which at least would be original for a British monarch, or "Arthur", which he can't really use for obvious reasons. 

"George VII" seems to be the most likely choice. The other problem with Charles III, aside from the Stuarts, is that Bonnie Prince Charlie was known as that by his supporters.
 
2013-12-13 09:53:05 PM

George Babbitt: They had their chance at a republic and they blew it

[www.nationalgalleries.org image 850x464]


Too true, unfortunately.

The only way to get rid of a monarchy is to adopt the French solution. A hereditary system falls when there is no one left to inherit.
 
2013-12-13 09:53:21 PM
It's kinda cute that the English still love their German overlords.

My favorite royal from history is still Speedball Vicky (AKA Victoria. She got the speedball name from her love of heroin and cocaine).
 
2013-12-13 09:54:32 PM
I read the headline in Jaz Coleman's (Killing Joke) growling voice.

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2013-12-13 09:57:09 PM

fusillade762: mark12A: The entire country is one big cosplay event. They have uniforms/costumes for everybody and everything. Wigs for the judges and lawyers, Bowlers on bankers, spiked hair for the punks, on and on it goes.

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Separated at birth?

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2013-12-13 09:58:10 PM
Fusi-762: ^^^^^ First time I saw that hat I thought she had lost a bet.
 
2013-12-13 09:59:07 PM

meanmutton: Eh, as long as the royalty keep leading their ridiculous amounts of land to the state at ridiculously low rates, even the most strident republican will come up with a reason to keep them.


As a Briton, I favour keeping the monarchy as I know a little history and know how it worked last time England tried to become a republic.

It didn't really work.

Churchill2004: There are a lot of countries that do exactly that but without a monarchy. A ceremonial President or whatever, usually some elder statesman elected for a single relatively lengthy term by the legislature, combined with a parliamentary Prime Minister or Chancellor who exercises governmental power. No need to play the genetic lottery to have a separate Head of State.


And you end up with Putin/Medvedev, swapping roles every few years?

I like having an apolitical representation of my country. I did used to favour republicanism. But, we're so much more in touch with American media these days and it's clear that electing heads of state is no panacea.

Put more simply: if it ain't broke, why fix it?
 
2013-12-13 10:00:24 PM
A strange woman lying in a pond distributing swords seems like a fine basis for a system of government!


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2013-12-13 10:01:28 PM
If you people keep ragging on our Queen, we will never take Beiber back.
 
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