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Harry Group4 Constitutional Monarchy Constitutional Monarchy Constitutional monarchy is an impartial (non-party political), largely symbolic head of state whose powers are exercised by, and on the advice of, ministers, in theory subordinate to the will of Parliament, the people and the rules of the constitution. The British constitutional Monarchy was the consequence of the Glorious Revolution of 1688 and Britain is the most typical monarchy country in the world. But after all monarchy are not agreeing with the spirit of freedom?democracy and equality which people seek for thousand years, though it also has many advantages. Whether the advantages of the UK having a constitutional monarchy are greater than the disadvantages? If the advantages are grater than the disadvantages, of course we should keep it. Otherwise we will consider whether should drop it. So this is a very important question because the change of the system and the policies relates to the stability of the country. Firstly, let talk about some advantages of the constitutional monarchy which is not only simply a pleasant and harmless anachronism. ...read more.


This is one of the reasons why most Englishmen still support constitutional monarchy shown in the mass observation, though a series of scandal about royal family has been disclosed in the past few years. Let's hear some criticisms of the monarchy. Some people think that monarchy was no longer the revered institution of preceding decades and its future became an issue of topical debate. Even at time of high support, it has never free of criticism. In recently years, the criticisms have been fuelled by the activities of various members of the royal family. Especially the young royals are reproached for setting a bad example and failing to keep their marriages together by journalists who themselves lead Casanova-like lives. Approval of the symbolic role of the monarchy is a conservative view which favours the status quo and fears progressive change. The monarchy has an ideological role in promoting class hierarchy, hereditary privilege, snobbery and deference, and its existence reduces British citizens to mere subjects. It is also anachronistic to have one established church in the modern, multicultural age. ...read more.


In my opinion, from the long view, these so-called royal monarchs will perforce step down the throne and regress to common citizens one day though we don't know the exact date. Whereas a system will form a sort of power while it last for several centuries, it can't disappear from the world easily. If the monarchy wants to last for more time, clearly it should be reform. Let us be frank. The constitutional monarchy is almost a broken force. To be sure, there is little appetite for abolishing the monarchy - most people still want there to be someone called "the Queen" and to have pleasant state occasions. But this sentiment is, at most, a form of Royalism - a kind of fan-club for the Queen's family. If they are not to have a purely titular Monarchy, they must start proposing positive reform of the constitutional monarchy now, before it is too late. Because if they do not reform the constitutional monarchy themselves or if they do not argue for the virtues of the constitutional monarchy now, when reform comes - as it will - it will come at the hands of their opponents. ...read more.

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