I’m an instinctive monarchist, probably because I’ve won two jackpots in life; being born in England during the reign of our greatest ever King or Queen, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Or First as the Scots style her. She succeeded her almost equally popular father at a comparatively young age and, given her mother’s longevity genes will reign for many more years.
However, I’m increasingly disappointed with her heir, Prince Charles. Each year he becomes more of a pain. The Schleswig-Holstein-Sturzkampfgeschwaders are not blessed with natural intelligence; it needed the introduction of Bowes-Lyons canniness into the bloodline to temporarily reinvigorate the Royal pedigree from downward-spiralling dimness. Thus Charles is receptive, like Mr Toad, to the latest fad that attracts his attention. And so the Aston-Martin driver becomes an advocate of wind turbine subsidies whilst declaiming that we should become happier with less. Read this article and weep:
The man’s a fool and will do the monarchy irreparable harm. That’s why I have slowly, gradually, and with much regret, come to the decision that the monarchy in England in its present form must end with the present reign. Note that I’m not proposing a Republic, Sarkozy, Chirac, Mitterand, Obama, Bush, Clinton etc are all shining examples of the failure of the presidential system. And I can’t stand the leftie PC proponents of republicanism like Alibhai-Brown.
Instead, I suggest that a modern form of the ancient Witangemot system of electing a monarch should be adopted. (See note. Ed) As the post-election befuddlement last year, or the current Belgian failure to form a government shows, the Civil Service will keep the country ticking over nicely. The Crown is just a symbol and anybody can be trained to perform the twiddly ceremonial bits. Squeaker Bercow is a case in point. Why would an oath to one’s fellow citizens to perform one’s duty be of any less value than to an individual who happened by accident of birth to inherit the title? So let us, the electorate, elect a King or Queen each May to act as the constitutional head of state for the next year. Someone of the exceptional calibre of Mrs Ann Timson
That’s definitely someone cut from the same cloth as Queen Elizabeth I. And she wears purple!
The modern Witangemot system that I propose is a modernised version of the Witan or Witangemot that flourished in Anglo-Saxon England from the 7th century until the usurpation of the English throne by William the Bastard. The original Witangemot was an informal cabinet of counsellors from the Anglo-Saxon aristocracy who assisted the King. Among its powers was the ability to nominate or confirm the heir to the throne from a pool of well-bred candidates. While the eldest son of the reigning monarch was usually crowned, the support of the Witangemot gave "democratic" authority in the fair and legal Anglo-Saxon society. Obviously, universal suffrage means that the modern Witan will not be limited to the great and the good of the establishment and I suggest that voting for the next constitutional monarch is conducted at the same time as local elections. More on the old Witan here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Witenagemot