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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The idea of inherited power in a modern democracy is immoral and out of date.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 Windsor family (52 members in line to the throne)  can't justify MILLIONS of pounds of public money spent on their palaces, residences, holidays, private jets, private school fees, thousands of security guards, thousands of staff, PR agencies, parties,  etc.. EVERY year! Those millions should go towards improving the NHS and education system for the citizens. The most successful economies in Europe (Germany & France) have abolished monarchy long time ago. Time for England to evolve!

Monik M
by Monik M
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Hereditary monarchy is not just an irrelevant anachronism but positively deleterious in underpinning the illusion that unearned privilege is somehow the natural and only way of things. It has no place in the 21st century and should be replaced by an elected position.

abracad
by abracad
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abracad

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

Disestablish the Church and scrap the Monarchy. These two out-dated and un-democratic establishments are un-elected and yet wield great influence in the running of the nation. The monarchy costs the tax-payer huge sums whilst already being the wealthiest in the land - their accounts are not even public! Scrap the monarchy and with it all the aristocrats and hereditary Lords. High time we were a Republic with an elected Head of State - not from the current Establishment.

Carl Dalton
by Carl Dalton
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Carl Dalton

I suspect that many ardent republicans will have some respect for our current Queen, who seems to be a hard-working, honest and dedicated worker (albeit very well paid). I favour decapitation of the role of monarchy and all the state-sponsered and empowered trappings of the institution (or "firm") as we know it. Nonetheless, I would be very happy to see Elizabeth Windsor re-apply for her her job should it become vacant and compete for it against other applicants from all walks of life....

Ian Smith
by Ian Smith
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Ian Smith

My idea, which I have floated as a comment elsewhere, is that hereditary monarchy (and perhaps any sort of monarchy) sends a very bad message to incumbent dictators and their aspiring offspring that we one of the oldest democracies in the world still subscribe to a basic unfairness that one family can and should be top of the pile

Ian Smith
by Ian Smith
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Ian Smith

Suggested clause: 'An Appointment Commission shall be established by Parliament to nominate candidates for the role of head of state.  The Appointment Commission must be comprised of delegates from both the public and private sectors within the [UK] and be representative of all communities and socio-economic groups in the [UK].  It's function shall be the selection and recommendation of the best possible applicant-candidate for the role of head of state who is then nominated by the...

Ian Smith
by Ian Smith
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Ian Smith

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
by Richard Sage
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Richard Sage

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
by Mark Hyson
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