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William Hague "very sorry for people who live in mere Republics!!"
British foreign secretary William Hague is visiting New Zealand at the moment. Fairfax's Stuff hosted a live discussion with him, in which a whole bunch of irrelevant questions (nothing about visas or departure taxes, trade barriers to New Zealand produce - you know, things that actually affect our lives and our relationship with the UK). Someone (good on you) did get to ask the republic question, to which Hague responded:
That is always for the countries concerned - for instance the Australians had a referendum a few years ago. Personally, you will not be surprised to hear that I am a 100% supporter of the Monarchy and during the Diamond Jubilee last year, I felt very sorry for people who live in mere Republics!!
Hague's position is so laced with hubris it's laughable. In fact, we'd say republics had the best of both worlds: they got to watch the celebrations in the UK while getting to choose (as was the case most prominently in the United States) their own head of State. Pretty good deal really.