- Head of State debate
- The case for a New Zealand republic
- Defending the monarchy
- The facts
- Constitutional review
- The Treaty of Waitangi
- Commonwealth membership
- Common Cause
King's Speech author: New Zealand republic under Prince Charles
The King's Speech.
Charles reign was not a success, however. It got off to the worst possible start when both Australia and New Zealand chose his accession to hold referendums on transforming themselves into republics: despite a passionate and highly organized campaign by the monarchists, the republicans won. While both countries mourned the passing of Queen Elizabeth, there was little enthusiasm for a third King Charles.
So ends Peter Conradi's book The Great Survivors, on the survival of monarchies in the 21st century (more on this book later). What makes Conradi's above view most interesting is that he's the author of the book that became the film The King's Speech, undoubtedly one of the most pro-monarchy films in recent memory. Reading Conradi's other writings, it's clear that he supports the monarchy.
Which is what makes his view all the more interesting. He's essentially admitting what we already know to be true - that the support for the monarchy is largely based on affection for the Queen, affection that will dissipate at the end of the Queen's reign.
I've no doubt that the monarchist campaign will be passionate and highly organized as well. I suspect it also will be nasty not be based purely on emotion rather than fact and reality.