- "Our Fight for Democracy"
- Index of book
- Preface of "Our Fight for Democracy"
- Book - Order Form
- Introduction - The Meaning of Democracy
- Roman Britain to Magna Carta - 1215
- Parliament to the Divine Right of Kings 1216 to 1603
- Monarchy to a Republic and back 1603-1685
- Bill of Rights to the American War of Independence - 1685 to 1780
- Pitt the Younger to Catholic Emancipation - 1780 to 1830
- The Great Reform Act and its aftermath - 1830 to 1860
- The Second Reform Act to the end of the Century 1860 to 1900
Thursday, March 28, 2013
The Monarchy has many advantages. It stops a career politician fulfilling the role of Head of State, although if the powers under the Royal prerogative were given to the House of Commons there would be little advantage to the politician. There is always the danger of slipping towards a dictatorship as we saw with Cromwell.
The monarchy is a unifying force, and in the case of a long serving Monarch builds up great experience. Nevertheless the Monarch is the servant of the people and to ask for the endorsement of the people at the beginning of a reign would reinforce the Monarchy. It is not too much to ask.
Such an approach would give legitimacy to the monarchy, thus strengthening it.
Within one month of the monarch’s death a ballot should be held of all the people to endorse the successor. Should such endorsement not be given a ballot should be held on the successor’s eldest child becoming monarch. Should endorsement once again not be forthcoming the monarchy would be abolished.
Friday, March 8, 2013
The monarch is the Head of the Church of England and under the Act of Settlement has to be a Protestant. This is religious discrimination writ large. In a democracy it has no place. The monarch’s eldest male heir succeeds to the throne. This is sexual discrimination and in a democracy should have no place.
The monarch should be the “Defender of faiths”This course of action is favoured by the Prince of Wales.