Inheritance tax on what exactly? Every single penny earned by the royal estates goes directly to government, you're going to tax money thats already paid to the government?I'm not sure how high inheritance taxes would be a gross injustice.
The royal family have no political power. Although officially all governmental power originates from the crown, effectively the queen acts as a rubber stamp on governmental decisions. Although we have no written constitution, it is, as it were, the prime unwritten rule that the crown does not interfere with the running of the country: the government is quite capable of making a balls-up of that by itself. Any such interference would have fairly profound consequences (if it became public, obviously).
The true purpose of the monarchy is a tourist attraction. Given how successful the royal family is at this, the general silliness of the concept of can, usually, be forgiven.
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We have a king because he got rid of the dictators
That's basically because: King > Queen and we need to make it clear that the true heir is the 'boss'.
I could, for example, give you a negative side to being a monarchy, and that's the fact that you're all constitutionally inferior to your king. Your constitution says one person is by birth superior to another.
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Anyway, good luck to the Netherlands!
If you say the Queen you immediately think of the british one. The whole first page of this thread was people expecting it to be the british one rather than the netherlandic one.
Sorry, but I'm a socialist. I find systems that automatically privilege certain people repulsing, and that privilege is written in your constitution.
To create a kingdom was a democratic decision. Ironically, the first king of the Netherlands didn't have that much of a say in it.
Being a kingdom allowed the Netherlands to trade with many more nations, and opened up all sorts of doors. The Dutch kingdom (which it, indeed, hasn't been for very long in Dutch history) has always been democratic, and has always been a republic. Dutch royalty has never had much in terms of political power. They've always had a diplomatic role, first and foremost.
Get rid of the monarchs and replace the House of Lords with a democratically elected body, I say. 'God Save The King' just sounds too archaic for us to have Charles follow up Lizzie's reign. The anthem's deflating enough as it is already!
I see the pro-monarchy £££ tourism argument has already come up, but my response is that the palace at Versailles receives an average of 5 million visitors per year and the French lopped Louis XVI's head off centuries ago!
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