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The Royal Family is a longtime mainstay of the British cultural and political landscape. Is it time we leave the institution behind?

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Tax Government Waste

Context

The upcoming Royal wedding is due to exceed £30million in expenses. The amount of money we spend maintaining the lavish lifestyles of the Royals has far better uses.

The Argument

Given limited government funds, we should not be spending large amounts of it on an elite group of individuals who contribute very little to the country. The Royal family are a net drain on public finances that is taking money away from more important goals. The money spent flying the Queen around the world can provide free school meals for pre-school kids or repave country roads. While the Family does bring in money by attracting tourists, the destinations themselves will continue bringing in visitors regardless of who lives there. Buckingham Palace and Windsor castle will continue to be important landmarks that people will want to see, much like the Versailles continues to be receive thousands or visitors despite no royalty living there for generations.

Counter arguments

The Royal family brings in more money that it spends by inciting tourists to visit. Its existence sells merchandise, creates an invaluable marketing tool and creates a buzz around the nation in general. The Royal Finances are transparent and accountable, meaning that excess spending will likely be caught and prevented. If the Monarchy isn't actually a substantial drain on public finances, and brings in other substantial diplomatic, PR and soft-power benefits, we have no reason to abolish it.

Premises

1. Spending large amounts of limited public funds should be justified by a large amount of benefit for the British public. 2. The Royal family is a net drain on public funds. 3. The Royal family does not create a proportionate benefit for the British public. 4. Therefore we shouldn't spend money on the Monarchy, and it should be abolished.

Rejecting the premises

2. The Royal family is a net drain on public funds The counterargument contests the factual truth of this statement. Most sources show that the Family is self-sustaining and actually brings benefits to the British economy

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This page was last edited on Wednesday, 13 Jun 2018 at 16:33 UTC