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 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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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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Mark Hyson

If we adopt a written constitution and choose to have a head of state then that head should act as a guardian of the UK constitution.   The head should have the right and duty to act if s/he considers that a proposed new statute would infringe the constitution.  In that case s/he should either: 1. Have the power to send the bill back to parliament for reconsideration; and/or 2. Send it to the Supreme Court for consideration of the potential infringement. 

Ian Smith
by Ian Smith
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Ian Smith

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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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

I suggest that a totally fair democracy is impossible but that is no reason not to aspire to it or not to adapt our systems so they we get ever closer to that ideal. One thing is certain and that is as long as we have an unelected head of state appointed in perpetuity from just the one, same family in the land then we can never progress towards democracy. Along with that must also go a democratic reform of the House of lords. Law makers must be accountable to us the people and we must...

Dick Wells
by Dick Wells
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Dick Wells

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

Rid the country of the unelected Monarch and replace with an elected Head of State who runs 5 year terms and has the powers to veto laws passed by Parliament. Terms should start half way between the general elections to Parliament. The elected President should be pushed to be 'above' party politics. They elected President should have no to little powers other than the ability to veto laws passed by Parliament but the veto can be overturned by a referendum by the people, which will...

Matthew Busby
by Matthew Busby
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Matthew Busby

There is an important role to play for the head of state.  A new written constitution needs to set out what that role is and ensure that the position is democratically accountable and transparent in the way it works. As things stand our unwritten constitution concentrates considerable power in the hands of the government, with the head of state – the Queen – acting only on the instruction of the prime minister.  This makes the head of state a fairly meaningless role, doing little more than...

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

paula williams
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