True Democracy will only ever become a reality when it is the quality of the candidate which is the primary concern and not the size of his bank balance. Until that day comes I'll stay with what we have.
I see where you are coming from but as we would not know until it came to pass who would throw their hat in the ring it is hypothetical. I will say that having a true democracy could hardly be considered a backward step as that would mean we were going back to the days before William the the Conqueror the founder of our current monarchical system.
A previous poster mentioned the number of republican protestors compared to the flag waving monarchists. I think you will find that there is your democracy.
The majority of the country wish to retain the Monarch as the Head of State.
Finks...I think you are being somewhat naiive in that statement. Since when have the public been able to vote for whom they want? It never happens. Those with the 'power' decide who's names will appear on the ballot paper.An election of a President will follow the same pattern as for General elections, people vote for the 'Party', not the person. So you WILL end up with a Blair, a Thatcher or even a Clegg. To say that it's the peoples choice is weak. As a Nation we know who our Head of State is. To change something on a whim, because thats all it is, would be a backward step. (My opinion anyway!)
I must disagree with you there Finks. What this country has is unique. We have taken bits from every culture thats ever had the effrontary to come here. We took the best parts of the Roman occupation, bits of Viking, Saxon, Norman...you name it, we EVOLVED into the Great Britain that we have today. We had our own Civil War. Look how long it took for the people to bring back Charlie?admiralscruff,
I was merely pointing out (maybe not very well) that the present system was brought here by your French conqueror over 900 years ago and that it is time we moved on. In the past their rule was enforced, now they keep themselves in place with a massive PR machine, basically you are being conned. Being in favour of a republic is not unpatriotic which some of you royalists seem to think, patriotism is a love of your country and all the good things it stands for, not the love of a single highly privileged person.
Are you seadog's PA?