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The Royal Family is a pillar in the British cultural and political landscape. The country tunes in for their weddings, places bets on their baby names and earnestly discusses their wardrobe choices. But with the monarchy's diminished role in politics, is it time we relegate this relic to the annals of history? Or does it serve a greater purpose in modern society?
The monarchy is an outdated and problematic institution
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The monarchy is undemocratic

Monarchy is an old model of governance that is goes against the fundamental nature of democracy.

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Democracy

Context

The British Monarchy is hereditary and not selected or checked by the electorate. They also have significant political power, in terms of access to government ministers and officials, as well as the ability to dissolve parliament.

The Argument

The United Kingdom is a democracy. All people in it should have an equal say in how the country is run, because no person is inherently better than any other person. The Royal Family can influence the government and its policy despite not being elected, and this should not be allowed in a democracy. The Royals can often get meetings with ministers, or write letters to them which are taken seriously (for instance Prince Charles). Their opinion is often listen to, which can change the way the government acts on a certain policy. This can either mean policies are worse, or not what the public wanted. For instance focusing on building new aircraft carriers that were not necessary, or putting in restrictions on genetically modified foods. The Queen has significant power in that she has to invite the Prime Minister to form a government, and can reject them. She also has the power to dissolve parliament and calla general election. This is very undemocratic as it allows a single individual to wield huge amounts of power, rather than the people or their elected representatives.

Counter arguments

Whilst the Royals could have influence, the training and education they receive makes sure they are highly responsible with it. If the Royals abused their power, then the government would take it away.

Premises

Democracy is a valuable thing We should not have things that impede democracy The Monarchy impedes democracy

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