Head of State

How much power should our Head of State have? Do we even need a Monarchy?

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The Queen is the constitutional monarch. In 2012 she celebrated her Diamond Jubilee marking 60 years on the throne. But as the Head of State what does she actually do? Do we even need her? Over the last 1,000 years power has passed from the monarch who ruled by virtue of the 'Divine Right of Kings' to Parliament. But is there a place for the British monarchy in 2015? Should we have an elected Head of State with far more powers, or in fact merge the Head of State role with that of the Prime Minister?

 

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Should the role of Head of State be kept by a British monarch? Should we now have an elected head of state with powers enshrined in the constitution? Should we even have a Head of State at all?

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Suggested clause: 'The use of all historic titles used by hereditary heads of state, hereditary rulers and members of the aristocracy of the [UK] and elsewhere in the world is prohibited in public life in the [UK] and all privileges attached to such titles are abolished' Titles such as Dame, Baron, Sir etc, are antiquated and unhelpful as official forms of address in political and public spheres   They will be abolished as forms of address in political and public life (along with the...

Ian Smith
by Ian Smith
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Ian Smith

In the interest of transition to a republic, Charles Windsor should agree to be a non-executive President/Head of State for a five year term and then to stand against all comers for a second and final five year term as an Elected non-executive President/Head of State

Dane Clouston
by Dane Clouston
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Dane Clouston

Abolish privilege Equality for all All citizens of 16 years and older to have the right to vote, right to stand as a member of Parliament, right to stand as Head of State. And have all these rights written down, for all to see.

Alan Green
by Alan Green
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Alan Green

The monarchy is not elected therefore is undemocratic.The constitution must have a clause which necessitates an elected head of state.  

paula williams
by paula williams
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paula williams

As things stand our head of state has to 'assent' ie approve a bill before it becomes law as an act of parliament.  The same scenario has given rise to problems in other monarchy-countries where the head of state has declined to approve laws on grounds of conscience (the Grand Duke of Luxembourg indicated that he would decline to approve a euthanasia law). Luxembourg's solution which I suggest we have for whatever kind of head of state the UK has is that ..... The head of state is...

Ian Smith
by Ian Smith
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Ian Smith

what we need is an elected head of state, as for what type that should be decided by the populace through a referendum with two choices an executive presidency or a ceremonial presidency, the former royal family would be allowed the right to vote and stand for election if they wish, the lords would be replaced by a regionally elected legislature, the house of commons also needs to be remodelled on the modern horsehoe design. we also need a freedom of information act with a 30yr benchmark for...

Mark Jones
by Mark Jones
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Mark Jones

A system with an unelected head of state is not a full democracy. Although many of the royals powers have been transferred to the government the head of state is an important job and that person should be voted in by the public and not entitled to it by birthright. Inequality is rightly unacceptable regarding sexism, racism and any other matters yet the royalists have no problem with one family inheriting their positions and excluding every other member of the population. To republicans like...

Adam Welch
by Adam Welch
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Adam Welch

The idea of inherited power in a modern democracy is immoral and out of date.   We should have a Head of State who is elected by the people (s)he is to represent and lead. Serving a fixed term of 3 – 5 years.   The Head of State would be able to dissolve parliament, call on the winner of an election to form a Government and dismiss the Prime Minister.   Bills would be signed into law by the president who would have clear rights of veto.   The President would take on the...

Cliftonensis
by Cliftonensis
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Cliftonensis

The Head of State should be elected by the people, for the people. An hereditary Head of State is an old-fashioned principle and is un-democratic. Furthermore, I think the Monarchy should be abolished.

Mark Hyson
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Mark Hyson

It is my contention that the UK Monarchy is biggest factor holding the country back from much needed change that would see it shrug off the last vestiges of colonialism and seek its proper position in the modern world.  We desperately need a written constitution enshrining our rights in a modern equalitarian, inclusive and participative republic. Whilst we cling to the outdated and illogical institution that is the Monarchy, we will continue to believe we are “Great”, we are a world power...

Richard Sage
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