It's time to evolve beyond a monarchy
23rd Apr 20184m35s
- I think the UK should be a constitutional republic. I've been thinking about this for awhile and I feel pretty strongly about this. So, one of the things I like about the United States is this idea. This part of the collective American psyche that, if you work hard enough and for long enough than you can be anything you want to be. It's about how hard you work. It's about who you are as a person, how you develop yourself. And yes, I know some people say, "Well technically, that's actually not practically how it works out. You need to know the right people. You need to have privilege." Whatever, but in theory this is how it is. And, if you look at the country in the way politically it's set up. It certainly seems the case. You can become the president of America, and by extension, the most powerful person in the world at the moment. If you work hard enough and you know, make all the right moves at the right time, and know all the right people. But that saying isn't true for the UK. You can't become the head of state of the UK. Even if you work hard. Even if you know all the right people. Because, the head of state for the UK is our monarch, currently our queen. And you can only become the monarch, and therefore the head of state, if you're born into that family. And this is one of the reasons why I think we should become a constitutional republic. I mean, the Queen actually is the ultimate commander of the armed forces. A lot of the people I've spoken to here, aren't even aware of that. And she also has the ability to dissolve parliament. Even though she's unlikely to, she has the power to because the Prime Minister, actually, is the Queen's representative in parliament. Almost like the executive officer for the Queen, so to speak. Now, when I bring this up to other British people, they always say to me, "Oh, well, you know, she's not going to do that really. She's not really gonna step in and take charge. She doesn't read her laws." Even thought, she has done. "She doesn't really read her laws. Nothing to worry about. It's the Prime Minister who's in charge." And in practical terms, by in large, yeah, it's true. But the point is, theoretically she still has all the power. But, even if I was to accept their argument, that there is no threat to of the Queen taking over, or controlling the military. I think there's another argument that I can make, which hopefully will convince them why I'm right. Which is a symbolic side of it. So, If you tell a young kid in this country, "Hey, you can be anything you want to be if you work hard enough." And that's what politicians and the media and everyone tries to tell you that, if you want something in life, you have to work hard for it. But, what you would be telling that young kid, given our current political structure, would be, "Yeah, work hard and do all the right things, and you can be anything you want to be, but you can never be head of state because you weren't born into the right family." And for me, I think that's symbolically a very powerful thing, because the effect of what you're telling people is, "Unless you were born into a certain level of privilege or a certain privileged background, there are some things in life that you will never be able to get. That's essentially what we're telling young people in this country. And maybe most young people aren't even thinking about this, but for me, I think it's important that if we really strive to be a nation which aspires to greatness and which wants to inspire it's citizens to achieve greatness, then we need to, for one of a better word, put our political system where our mouth is and set up the structure such that, that's actually possible at every level. And despite thinking how logical this is, I know this is probably not gonna happen. Probably not in my life time, because everyone just loves the royal family so much. It would be much more powerful for us to have a head of state who's elected. Maybe it's somebody who's served the country and contributed much to society over a really long period of time, despite coming from a disadvantaged background. And we decided that person should be our head of state. I mean, I think that just makes the most sense to me. Especially, if we're calling ourselves a democracy, and we're stating that democracy is the best system we've come up with so far. Well if it is, then why are we sticking around with the monarchy in charge? I just don't understand. I mean, I get that people love our history and they have sort of a sense of, I don't know, sort of romanticized view of how things are, but I think it's time we look forward to the future. And I think this would be a great change for us to make.