Scrap plans to grant the royals exemption from scrutiny
August 19, 2009 2 Comments
I am a believer in democracy, and I often state that this takes precedence over my socialism. My view is that whilst we live in a democracy, it is far from perfect. I am a member of the Electoral Reform Society and am an advocate for a change in the way we vote.
I also think the set-up of our democracy is long overdue an overhaul. Our unelected second chamber strikes me as medieval in its make-up and certainly has little, if any, mandate.
Our head of state is a trickier subject. They are not voted in, and so by definition are anti-democratic. Yet, certainly The Queen is hugely popular and any referendum on her fate would undoubtedly endorse her. However, the Queen and her family should be made accountable, and I do not see much objection to this. Thus, the Times article (Republic group urges transparency over Prince Charles’s lobbying) is apposite; I agree with Republic’s stance that the Prince of Wales’ lobbying is something that should be exposed to scrutiny by those whose taxes support him (i.e. all of us ‘subjects’).
I do support an end to secret royal lobbying.