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More than a ceremonial role
Merv Ransom recently took on the job of our membership co-ordinator. Here's Merv's first contribution to the Republican Movement's blog:
That there have been two articles in the UK's Guardian newspaper recently, exposing Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles interference in the legislative process, without there being an uproar regarding this scandal, speaks of apathy worldwide.
Jerry Mataparae is the Queen's representative as Governor General in New Zealand. One must be complicit to not speak up. I will explain why.
The UK's Cabinet Office fought hard and even appealed for this information not to be made public. There are vested interests involved. We assume that decisions to go to war are carefully deliberated upon and not whimsical. Where is the separation of power when those of blue-blood can 'trump' our democratically voted representatives. Developed nations are contemptuous of so-called corrupt nations that have no regard for democratic ideals or transparency, yet we see this at the head of our state, if figuratively.
A situation then arises where the buck is passed and the waters are muddy; where you can't quite pinpoint is it Parliament or is it the Monarchy who is leading each other astray in the background, invisibly and unaccountably to its citizens.
The illusion is shattered that the Monarchy has no political influence.