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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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

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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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

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

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 way I see it, there are three models for an elected president; the American, Irish and French. Comparing a Country to a company, with the American model the Chairman (ie the pres) is also the Chief Executive. With the Irish Model, the Chair and the Chief Executive (the Taoiseach, or PM) are totally separate. All meaningful power is executed by the PM. The French model is a bit of a  mélange, with some powers executed by the Pres and some by the PM. on balance, I prefer the Irish model....

Hugo Read
by Hugo Read
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Hugo Read

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

we need to have a constitutional convention when the Queen dies so that the  people of this country can rid themselves of the idea that we are 'subjects'  if we are to make a future for people we need to state clearly the responsibilities that we have as citizens and we need to state the rights that we have individually and collectively. Currently the theoretical situation exists where the Head of State could with a sympathetic armed service become a dictator.  I don't believe that this...

Moya Russ
by Moya Russ
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Moya Russ

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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