Would you want me running our country because I was born into the right family? Why are our monarchy any more special than anyone in this room? Do we even need a monarchy nowadays? We are a supposedly democratic country, yet the faces of our nation are not elected, doesn’t this bother you? The point of democracy is so that the people of a nation may choose who represents them, who runs their country for them, don’t you think that our monarchy goes against the very essence of this?
Yes, it is very true that our monarchy doesn’t have anywhere near as much power as they once did, look where Henry VIII ended up with the power thrust upon him due to birthright. As a result, our monarchy is a constitutional monarchy, they don’t have political power, but they are very much the face of our nation. Everything they do is eagerly watched by the media and therefore, the world. The actions of these people can brand our whole nation, as a result of this Britain has an image to the rest of the world as a snooty and class obsessed nation, whereas the reality is actually quite the opposite.
Our monarchy dates back to 827 AD with Egbert. Which means this goes back 1190 years, so a history lesson will not be given on our ancient and long line of monarchs, however, in this time there has been a substantial number of highly corrupt monarchs. Redstate.com have named some of the most atrocious monarchs as Richard3rd, Edward2nd, Edward8th, James2nd and Charles1st. The list itself was a bit lengthier than this, however you can tell by this that birthright is not the way ahead, which is why the Magna Carta in 1215 turned our monarchy to a constitutional monarchy, giving Parliament more power and them less. However, as a country in an economic crisis quickly evolving to modern times, surely we can bear to part with our outdated monarchy?
I’m sure that you are fully aware of Britain’s current economic crisis, as I previously mentioned, it is something that we hear a lot about in the news. Surprisingly enough, our Royal Family do not help this problem. Last year, funding their living cost taxpayers on average 52p each, which may not sound much, but their living cost came to £32.3 million, this is enough to pay bills for 1200 average families for an entire year. Not spending this money on them would save the government millions, as well as allowing them to reallocate this money elsewhere, for example to our NHS, which is suffering severe budget cuts at our expense. However, they do contribute some money themselves, for example Kate and William’s wedding a few years ago cost £20 million pounds, but it made in total £1 billion for the economy, which we all know, is a considerable profit. But, these events are few and far between, could more be made consistently from Buckingham Theme Park?
Going back to my original question, would you want me running our country simply because of the family I was born into? I’m sure that your answer is probably no. Consider this for a second, because they are born into the right family, they get to run our country, to be the face of our nation and to live a privileged life. In reality, they are no more special for this job than anyone in this room. A very recent example in the long line of our outdated monarchy of how they used their birthright to be above everyone else, is when Prince William gained entry to St Andrews University, despite getting embarrassing A-Level results. Many other people work extraordinarily hard and fail to gain entry to this prestigious university, and because of the family he was born into, he was allowed in without any of the work that others put in. As the faces of our nation, everything they do is monitored which means that some tend to let themselves down a lot, let me take Prince Harry as an example, on countless occasions he has been in the media and not usually for positive reasons.
Think about it like this, if they are allowed to run our country, why couldn’t, say, the Simpsons? Yes, I do mean that cartoon family on the TV show. If we want unelected bad representation, which we have, then surely the Simpson family could give it to us. So, do we actually need a monarchy? I ask you to consider this question carefully. 50-75% of our population, as asked in a range of online polls, would say no to it. Surely this form of democracy shows you what our population wants for our country. Support democracy. Support our right to choose. Say no to the monarchy. Thank you.
So this was a speech that I did for my English where we have to do a talk on a topic of our choice for speaking and listening. I hope that you found it more interesting than my classmates probably did.
Love, AkwardHuman xx