Friday, June 25, 2010

Arguments for Repatriating the Monarchy

. Friday, June 25, 2010

I am not necessarily opposed to repatriating the monarchy in Commonwealth realms, but know the path is frought with danger. Repatriation is a risky business. Even with the best political will and intentions, chances are politicians would royally screw it up. That said, there are very good reasons for and against going down that route, so today we focus on the positive:

1. Royals should embody our National Identity: The royals are British and we are no longer British. The world and the world's media will never identify our Queen or future King as anything other than British. Kings and queens should personify the nation and embody our national identity. Total patriotic fulfillment of that unique national identity requires that we have a fully independent sovereign who can represent us exclusively, not one who is shared by 16 other countries;

2. Monarchs should be the sole focus of Unity and Allegiance: The establishment of a resident monarch is more likely to command the allegiance and affection of its countrymen. It was possible for an absentee landlord to be the focus of unity and unfettered loyalty when we felt an integral part of the British Empire, but not so today. The Queen, her heirs and successors have all but disappeared from public consciousness;

3. A stronger and more indigenous Constitution of Liberty: If freedom wears a Crown, let it be worn at home. A resident sovereign who holds the popular affection of its people would more readily humble the pretensions of democratic politicians. A local majesty would more truly represent the popular sovereignty of the people, and as such would serve as a more effective constitutional bulwark on usurping politicans in possession (or not in possession) of their temporary mandates and majorities;

4. The Crown would be Decolonized: By ridding the naysayers of their best argument, we would better ensure the long-term survival of the Crown. The problem is not the monarchy, it is its delegated status. It is the secondary position of governor-general, not Her Majesty, that is the outdated colonial relic in our constitutional firmament and should be abolished. Nip this one in the bud and it may very well be sianara to fledgling republicanism; and

5. The Monarchy would be Revitalized: A fully repatriated monarchy would be the catalyst to revitalize and once again celebrate the crown at the centre of national life. Instead of rolling back the monarchy and vandalizing our inheritance piece by piece, we could begin to restore our royal heritage and enrich our national institutions with the ancient symbolism and glorious trappings it deserves.

32 comments:

James said...

Echoes Andrew Coyne: http://www2.macleans.ca/2009/11/13/defending-the-royals/

"And yet, for all that, the Crown is in trouble in Canada. Impregnable as its position may be in law, manifold as its virtues may be in principle, it has all but ceased to command the loyalty and affection of the people—one of its primary functions, after all, and the basis of its legitimacy in the long run... If we are honest, even we monarchists must acknowledge that there is something flawed in the institution itself. If the Queen, her heirs and successors have all but disappeared from Canadian public consciousness, it may be because they are hardly ever here...

"Imagine not just a King of Canada, but a Canadian King: living here, raising a family here, his children speaking in Canadian accents, in both official languages. Perhaps Harry will take some convincing, giving up London for Ottawa. But if he cares about the remarkable institution into which he was born, he should be prevailed upon to take one for the team."

The Monarchist said...

Indeed. I stole a couple of his reasons. If there are any other arguments in favour that you or anyone can think of, I'm all ears. I think I pretty much captured all the big ones at least.

Anonymous said...

1) Repatriation to which country? I was assuming Canada while I read that. But we can't repatriate to all Commonwealth realms, unless we chop up the whole Royal family and send them across the globe, and I can't see Jamaica (or any country) accepting one of Prince Edward's kids as Regent.

2) The term 'repatration' might not be appropriate. The 're' part implies a Monarch lived there at one point. Maybe 'patriation' is more appropriate.

Gino said...

Although a patriation of the monarchy might defuse some of these republican arguments, I can't really see how it could be practically achieved. I also suspect that most republicans despise the concept of monarchy on principle and merely use these arguments because they are convenient.

big mcstronghuge said...

LOL, you people are lunatics. Or joking. Either way, I love it. Keep up the good work.

Npinkpanther said...

We monarchists in Australia are thinking about putting this proposition forward the next time republicans begin their next campaign as well. It *is* a very risky business, and if a referendum on it goes to the public, and fails, I think it will be very difficult to win back the public's support for constitutional monarchy altogether.

LAW Wells said...

First I've heard of that proposal actually being considered, Pink Panther, at least by the ACM and AML.

Still, it is a final option if all else seems lost.

But beyond that, if we were to ever become a republic, it isn't just a matter of people wanting to change back to a monarchy, but also the problem that the politicians wouldn't let us.

I'd prefer that Citizen Initiated Referenda be introduced to the constitution so that, if we the people want, we can ask our monarch to return, regardless of whether our politicians agree or not.

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^ Erm, never mind that. I didn't know of another way to edit my post.
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Well the idea is only beginning to be discussed - the proposal is barely off the ground at this stage, as far as I know.

I also agree with C.I.R. being introduced to the Constitution, if only to allow people a means of imposing our own will onto the politicians, as it should be, rather than the other way round.

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LAW Wells said...

Ah yes, the classic Internet Troll maneouvre. Observe, how he so violently arises screaming invective and hate and bigotry, without making any argument of his own. Rare indeed it is to see such a creature in these surrounds!

And now that I've finished chanelling David Attenborough, Pink Panther, that would explain why I'd not heard of it. Certainly, I have considered it (breaking the personal union is what I called it), but it would be a final resort.

The Monarchist said...

I am inclined to concur that patriation is a better word. To repatriate the monarchy implies it was patriated before, or that the institution somehow left us and needs to be restored or returned to our shores.

The reality is that Her Majesty never left us, it would be more appropriate to conclude that the country left her in all but name. It's not that Her Majesty stopped being Canadian, it's that we stopped being British.

(Realize here that the Queen never became a Canadian or an Australian, or for that matter even a Briton, since she is not a citizen of any of those countries. Obviously monarchs are not citizens or nationals, they are embodiments of the state itself.)

The Queen legally embodies the nations of Commonwealth realms, but to the world she only personifies the national identity of Britain. So if we are the ones proposing to leave, then that is not patriation of repatriation, it is de-patriation, which is not something I would ever suggest.

If I was proposing something - and I'm not - I would be merely looking to change the line of succession, such that the next King or Queen exclusively embodies our nation, thus patriating the monarchy into a national insitution not a shared Commonwealth one.

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LAW Wells said...

And so the troll returns.

Very well, let's see if I can argue with an idiot and not get dragged down and beaten with experience.

First of all, that a comment was posted here that you disagree with does not mean that the rest of us agree with it. It is wrong to assume that the opinion of one commentator reflects the opinion of all commentators.

Second, what link does an Arab Muslim have with the Crown? What about a Somali Muslim? Or a Chinese Taoist? The answer is absolutely nothing. That the majority of immigrants tend to vote for progressive parties also implies that Laguna Beach's position has more tract than you would give him credit for (since progressive parties throughout the Commonwealth are generally republican).

Third, you actually ought to explain your position. Is it racist to say Asians are bad drivers, even though it's true? Laguna Beach Trad made an observation. If it is untrue, then prove it. It isn't enough to call him (and the rest of us) racist. You actually need to demonstrate how his comments are flawed and untrue (simply calling them racist does nothing, and you'll find it hard to shut me up by calling me a racist).

Finally, if you really are brave, post under your real name. Don't come here, when many of us reveal ourselves and our positions by publishing our names (assumed or otherwise), and presume that we'll give you equal weight as a contributor when you hide behind your anonymity. Take a leap of faith. It's good for you.

I'll also ask you to check your swear words at the door. If you want to insult us, at least do it with some wit (I recommend the TV Tropes page on Deadpan Snarker as a good starting point).

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LAW Wells said...

I told you to check your swear words at the door. That's why your posts are being deleted.

Oh, and I'm a Catholic, not a Protestant.

Having thought about it a bit, why don't I actually show you how to disprove such a statement as my "Asians are bad drivers" above (such blanket statements generally tend to be wrong).

It's called the Socratic dialogue.

So what is your assertion? That Asians are bad drivers.

Well, have you ever seen a good Asian driver? I don't know. I only look at someone who drives badly.

So if an Asian was driving competently, you wouldn't see them? Yes.

Then not all Asians are bad drivers then. Point taken.

The Socratic dialogue picks holes in an assertion in order to modify it. There are plenty more examples on the internet.

Now, we have simply arrived at the assertion that some Asians are bad drivers (which, I might add, could be said of any racial group you care to name). How many is some? I don't know.

Thus, we could then ask a series of questions to further modify the assertion, ending up with, perhaps Asians tend to be bad drivers (which allows for exceptions, the good Asian driver you don't notice), or finding that Asians do not tend to be worse drivers than average or something else like that.

So, it's your turn now. Turn this on Laguna Beach's assertion that Third World immigrants with no connection to the British Empire are perhaps just as loyal to the Crown as a natural born Briton/Australian/Canadian/etc. I can easily see you at least demonstrating that his blanket statement is false (and if you're especially brave, you could propose a new assertion based on the questions).

And remember to check your swear words at the door. Either that, or your swear jar is making a killing.

As Mark Twain said, to do good is noble. To teach others to do good is nobler, and less trouble.

Anonymous said...

Please have a look at the blog Ross's Right Angle, where a new debate has just exploded on the monarchy (Aussie, Canada too!) We need some pro-monarchist posting!

Npinkpanther said...

Assuming here that we're talking about the Crown as an institution, I think non-Commonwealth immigrants do have an indirect, or at least inadvertent connection to the Crown. They choose to migrate to Australia, Canada, The U.K. and New Zealand, but not to Burma, Rwanda and Somalia, because they see the democracy and freedoms that are present within the Commonwealth Realms. When they are posed with the question, "Do you support a republic in this country?" they say "yes" because they are not aware of the connection between the Crown and the democracy and freedoms that we have.

It is the Royal Family and the traditions associated with the monarchy that they feel no connection to, I believe. Another reason why patriation might be something to think about, if the future of the monarchy in the Commonwealth Realms is ever in peril. I am perfectly happy with the current arrangements as well, and I don't think a push towards a resident monarchy is necessary at the moment.

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LAW Wells said...

Preceding The Monarchist's deletion of your post, sir, I will explain to you why they are being deleted. You don't determine the level of discourse here; The Monarchist does. This is his blog, not yours, and you will conduct yourself according to his standard, and not your own (when in Rome...).

Yes, my statement above was flawed. That's the entire purpose of the Socratic dialogue - to take a flawed assertion, question it, and force its improvement.

Second, I don't shirk to tell the truth. If that makes me a racist, I stand proudly accused. Laguna Beach's statement is a generalisation, and thus, when analysed closer under the Socratic dialogue, is flawed. That there is a trend among Third World immigrants to favour progessive politics is well established (one plank of which is the distaste for European monarchy), but there certainly are anglophiles among those immigrants, who would support the Crown, and aren't too fond of republics.

I didn't set out to disprove your assertion (which I never saw, I might add) that we want to ensure the continuation of our monarchy because that much is true. However, trying to keep the savages out at this point is like closing the stable door after the horse has bolted. There are plenty of natural born Australians of Anglo-Irish descent who are republican. It is education that will carry the day for the Crown. Immigration is a matter that falls beyond the perview of this blog.

As a final point (upon which I will post no more on this - my apologies to The Monarchist for any annoyance this... discussion may have caused him), I'd like to say this - you, sir, need to grow up. If the only arguments you can bring up are so full of personal attacks on anyone who disagrees with you as to completely miss every point I made, then you have no place among the civilised.

If I offend you by that statement, then cowboy up and take it like a man. I get so sick of skinless people like you in this so world full of sandpaper, and all my previous posts have fallen on deaf ears. I guess you opened your progressive mind so much that your brain fell out.

Good day sir!

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Wolfman said...

Anonymous, you have certainly lowered the bar; congratulate yourself. You have utterly failed to address in a substantive way anything your opponent wrote, instead taking rhetorical shelter behind profanity (poor substitute for thought, that) and asinine asides utterly lacking in creativity.
Oh, and by the way, "Brennus", you may want to consult Wikipedia or whatever substitute for a book you employ; your Celtic chieftain was, in the end, driven out of Rome by Camillus, a man more worthy of your admiration, and his forces were wiped out by a Roman army. Civilization will prevail in the end.
Apart from this regrettable exchange, an excellent discussion everyone; I look forward to more.

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Wolfman said...

Anonymous,
"Calling out" someone as stupid or racist, which you apparently see as your mission in life, is not as intellectually substantive as you seem to think. And if this blog is permeated with such stupidity, then why do you linger? But please let us "dumbasses" babble on while you return to enjoy your hamsters and defecating dogs.

LAW Wells said...

Save your time Wolfman. Like I said, his brain's gone and run off to the Bahamas (probably preferring the monarchy there). I guess it found the rest of him too odious to remain in contact.

Honestly, there are legions I could write to this anonymous troll, but let him be. He simply doesn't know when he's out of his league, and could never admit defeat.

Of course, given that he obviously despises all forms of discrimination, he'll be my friend. Unless, of course, he likes his contradictions.

So I guess that's £8 please. *Rings bell*

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Don't worry, you can use the word "patriate," it's a valid word, coined by Lester B. Pearson.

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Not Amused: The next Chief Justice of Australia to be a republican
Royal New Zealand Air Force: God Save N.Z. from the Cannibals
Why English Pubs are Dying: The totalitarian smoking ban.
Swooning over Princess Obama: A Coronation or the Second Coming?
Dreams of an Academic: Gough Whitlam to have the last laugh?
Joshua Slocum meet President Kruger: Yet another reason to love the Boers
Changing of the Guard: Annual Inspection at Rideau Hall
H.M.S. Iron Duke: A Foe for William and Sea Room
Fountain of Honour: Australian pop star gets Order of the British Empire
DOMINION DAY: Read David Warren's Lament for a Nation
Kiwi Tribalism: Sealords, Treelords, what are New Zealanders coming to?
Of Queen and Country: John Elder disects the current state of monarchy in Oz
Not Amused: The Olympic Games trump Buckingham Palace
CMR Returns: The Royal Military College of St. John
Hereditary peers overwhelmingly rejected the Lisbon Treaty
Archbishop Cranmer: Royal Assent given to the Treaty of Lisbon
Crown Commonwealth: Referendum confirms Her Majesty as Queen of Tuvalu
Duke of York: Prince Andrew Visits Troops in Afghanistan
Treaty of Lisbon: A Litmus Test for the British Monarchy
The Queen and I: The man who caused royal kerfuffle gives view of the monarchy
HMS Ontario sunk in 1780, found intact! at bottom of Lake Ontario
Hold the Lime, Bartender: Only lemon properly complements a gin and tonic
Elizabethans Down Under: Are most Australian monarchists merely "Elizabethans"?
Edwardian Gentleman: What To Do When You Find a Hohenzollern in Your Study
Hooray for Kid's Day!! Melbourne newspaper won't come of Age
Unhappy Kingdom: Why Liberal Democracy is Failing Us
Knightless Realm: The world yawns as John Howard is made an AC
Scots Tory: Bring Back the Stiff Upper Lip, says Gerald Warner
HMY Britannia: Let's lay the keel for a new royal yacht
For Queen, Country and Low Pay: PM pledges to do better
Maple Leaf republic? Roger Kimball's sleight of hand (since corrected!)
Queen's Birthday: New Zealand unveils new Vice-Regal Standard
Prince Charming: Quebec author calls Canadian G-G a "negro queen"
The Senior Service: Sub-Lieutenant Wales to take on Pirates of the Caribbean
Crown of Disenchantment: What does it require to withhold royal assent?
Colonial Mentality: Key republican thinks Victoria Cross is a colonial relic
The Red Baron: Billy Bishop, not Mannock, was the British Empire's top ace
Which Scots conservatism: Unionist or Nationalist?
Loyal Subject: After all she has done, we owe the Queen our oath
Victoria Day – Fête de la Reine: Official B'day of the Queen of Canada
Renaming the Victoria Day Weekend: Let's get rid of Heritage Day Bob
Pro Valore: Canada mints its own Victoria Cross in time for Victoria Day
State Visit to Turkey: Mustafa Akyol says God Save the Queen, Indeed
Norn Iron Unites: What issue is uniting all parties of Northern Ireland?
Extreme Loyalist: Michael Stone attempted to slit the throats of Adams and McGuinness because he just "can't handle" republicans being in government.
Canada's Vice-Regal dubbed an elegant mix between Lady Di and Nelson Mandela
Queen of Australia: Support for Australian republic hits new low
A Heroes Welcome: The Windsor Castle Royal Tattoo, 8-10 May 2008
Fat, Vile and Impudent: Alan Fotheringham is back on the bottle
The Devine Right of Bling: Our Royals have become hereditary celebrities
Battle of the Atlantic: Canadians remember the longest battle of WW2
Old Etonian Toff: Boris Johnson installed as Tory Mayor of London
Britain needs a Patron Saint: Cry God for Harry, Britain and St. Aiden?
Anglos in Mont-Royal: Rooting for the Montreal Canadiens
Daniel Hannan: Borders of the Anglosphere and the British Empire was a mistake
Australia 2020: One Big Fat Republican Con Job
Bye bye Tommy: O it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy go away"
For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
Carpetbaggers Down Under: Kevin 'Mugabe' Rudd wins 98.5% support for republic
Kipling: The Jeremiah of Empire and the Poet Laureate of Civilisation
Duke of Edinburgh: Behind the gaffes is a man of real sincerity
Lord Rutherford: The Father of the Atom lives on in great great grandson
Queen of Australia: Royalty Protects us from Tyranny, David Barnett
Long Live the Broadsheet! Norumbega, more traditionalist than the Pope.
A Tale of Two Countries: Soldiers of Britain and Canada serve the same Queen but...
Loyal Subject: Polishing the Royal Crown, Matt Bondy & Brendon Bedford
Devoted to the End: Obituary of Sir Phillip Bridges
The Monarchist does not recognize the Republic of Kosova
Loyal Subject: MPs Ruse Defeated; God Save the Queen!
St. Paddy's Day: Edmund Burke, the greatest Irishman who ever lived
Not Amused: The Bunkum of Timothy Garton Ash
Hero Harry: Rave Reviews across the Commonwealth
Patriot Prince: Prince Harry fought for us all, Charles Moore
William F. Buckley, RIP: He had a Tory gratitude for the pleasures of life
Their Lordships' Duty: The House of Lords can influence the Lisbon Treaty debate
Knights of Oz: Revive Sirs or I'll have your guts for garters
Peter Hitchens: People love the Queen...and the BBC hates us for it
Our Greatest Monarch: Paul Johnson says Henry V was our greatest monarch
Princess Diana Inquest: A Dirty Raincoat Show for the World
Malcom Turnbull: 'Queen's death will spark republican vote'
Duke of York: The Royals are not "stuffed dummies". They should have their say
Peers of the Realm: The decline and fall of the House of Lords - Charles A. Coulombe
Peter Hitchens: Get rid of the monarchy and you will get rid of a guardian of liberty
THE FALL OF CHURCHILL
Honouring Sir Edmund Hillary
The Queen versus an E.U. President
Going Solo: Prince William earns his Wings
James C. Bennett: The Third Anglosphere Century
Knights of Oz: Revive Sirs or I'll have your guts for garters
Princess Diana Inquest: A Dirty Raincoat Show for the World
Malcom Turnbull: 'Queen's death will spark republican vote'
Future Peer: The life and times of Lady Victoria Beckham
Peers of the Realm: The decline and fall of the House of Lords - Charles A. Coulombe
Peter Hitchens: Get rid of the monarchy and you will get rid of a guardian of liberty


2007 ARTICLES


New York Times: Ever Backwards into the Royal Future
Peter Hitchens: People love the Queen...and the BBC hates us for it
Christopher Hitchens: An Anglosphere Future
Andrew Cusack: Republicanism is a traitor's game
DIAMOND WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
Courageous Patrician: Rt Hon Ian Douglas Smith (1919-2007)
The Last Rhodesian: What began with Rhodes and ended with Ian?
Gentleman Journalist: The Lord Baron W.F. Deedes, 1913-2007
Not Amused: Blair's sinister campaign to undermine the Queen
Loyal Subject: Queen Elizabeth: A stranger in her own country
Reverence Deference: Bowing and Scraping Back in Tradition
Rex Murphy: Kennedy, Churchill, Lincoln - The rousing bon mot is no more
Gerald Warner: Don't shed a tear for Diana cult in its death throes
The End of Grandeur: Rich, chincy Canada puts Strathmore on the blocks
Confessions of a Republican Leftie: "The Queen charmed the pants off me"
The King's Own Calgary Regiment: Cpl. Nathan Hornburg is laid to rest
The Royal Gurkha Rifles: Prince William grieves the death of Major Roberts
Queensland Mounted Rifles: Trooper David Pearce, 41, killed in Afghanistan
The Order of Canada: 100 investitures later, Canada's highest honour turns 40
Prince Edward on Prince Edward Island: Troop's link to monarchy important
HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN: Unveils the UK Armed Forces Memorial
Great Britain: "A rotten borough with a banana monarchy" - by Europhile
FADE BRITANNIA: THE UNION OF ENGLAND AND SCOTLAND IS OVER - Simon Heffer
Peers of the Realm: The decline and fall of the House of Lords - Charles A. Coulombe
Remembering 'Smithy': An obituary tour de force by Andrew Cusack here, here and here.
NOT AMUSED: Her Majesty The Queen in Right of Quebec not invited to Quebec's tercentenary