Saturday, July 20, 2013
Royal Assent and the Queen
Some right-wingers who claim to be monarchists are perennially outraged by this or that bill gaining Royal Assent. There are valid arguments to be made for the kind of monarchy in which the sovereign actually rules the country. I have made them myself, and am hardly devoid of nostalgia for such monarchies. But that is not the kind of monarchy that the United Kingdom currently has. And in our present circumstances, with so little consensus on much of anything, there are also valid arguments for an apolitical head of state who both sides of any particular issue can respect. When we defend the present British Monarchy, that is what we are defending, and it is worth defending. A Sovereign who attempted to overrule the elected Government, in an age that worships "Democracy", would hardly be "apolitical." So if you don't like a particular law, blame the politicians and those who voted for them, not the Queen. And be grateful that Britain, unlike so many unfortunate countries, has a Sovereign at all. God Save the Queen.