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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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

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
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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 Whilst we cling to the outdated and illogical institution that is the Monarchy, we will continue to believe we are “Great”, we are a world power...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

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

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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Republic

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

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 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

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

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
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