Anonymous asked: You want people like Cameron, Clegg or Miliband running the country? You want an elitist self-involved minority standing as the sole controllers of Britain? Are you crazy? The Royal family acts as a barrier between the politicians and certain dictatorial laws. Plus the money they rake back in tourism far outweighs the money lost in tax payers money. I'd rather have someone like Harry or William standing for us then any amount of Politicians. Seriously.
out of courtesy i’ve recorded my response to this message in voice clip form
okay, but really:
- "You want people like Cameron, Clegg or Miliband running the country?" … wait, okay, but who … who do you think runs the country. because. i mean. those people run the country. they already run the country. that’s… that’s what is currently happening. david cameron is currently the prime minister of the united kingdom. i’m not happy about it but that’s what’s going on. here is a handy link explaining what ‘prime minister’ means. i hope it is useful for you. i’ll wait while you read it. take your time.
- "You want an elitist self-involved minority standing as the sole controllers of Britain?" I DON’T KNOW WHAT BRITAIN YOU’RE LIVING IN, ANON, BUT [TAKES PHOTOGRAPH OF THE HOUSE OF COMMONS, PUSHES IT SLOWLY ACROSS THE TABLE TO YOU, POINTS SIGNIFICANTLY AT IT]
- "The Royal family acts as a barrier between the politicians and certain dictatorial laws." aw shit i forgot that every country without a monarchy is a dictatorship. guess you showed me lol (the monarch is politically neutral + practically politically impotent, the structure and legislation of government contains checks and balances on parliamentary power which are unrelated to whether or not there’s a monarchy, you need to read— well i was going to say "a book" but honestly "anything other than the daily mail" pretty much covers it)
- "Plus the money they rake back in tourism far outweighs the money lost in tax payers money." cite your fucking sources. the ‘facts’ trotted out most often about the monarchy being ~great for tourism~ come from a tourist authority group called visitbritain who calculated the amount spent by tourists on "culture and heritage" and then calculated that 1 in 8 heritage/culture sites is "related to the monarchy" — but in the case of their study that means anything from ‘anne boleyn lived in this national trust castle for a week’ to ‘this museum used to be a royal-owned stately home’. so that’s bullshit in and of itself AND THEN there’s the fact that, like — tourists are not going to stop going to the tower of london if there is no longer a monarchy in place in the united kingdom. tourists are not going to stop visiting buckingham palace if no one lives there any more. it’s not like people have stopped going to versailles because france doesn’t have a monarchy any more. most of the ~monarchy-related tourism attractions~ are based around the historic monarchy. unless you think sales of teatowels with the windsor crest or chintzy teacups with prince william’s face on are single-handedly going to save the british economy?
- " I’d rather have someone like Harry … standing for us"