This story caught my eye on the front page of the Guardian yesterday. A Labour backbencher has filed a report proposing to make changes to the nature of the monarchy which will allow a non-anglican monarch, and put an end to male precendence in the royal heirarchy.
Of course I welcome such changes. The law as it stands is clearly a long way away from public opinion on equality. SNP Leader and First Minister of the Scottish Parliament Alex Salmond reportedly gave this comment.
“I welcome these moves. The Act of Settlement is an 18th-century anachronism that has no place in a modern 21st-century constitution. The SNP first raised the issue over a decade ago, the Scottish parliament united in 1999 to call for this long overdue reform, and I hope the prime minister follows through in early course.”
What very few people seem to be recognising is that the monarchy itself is an antiquated anachronism that has no place in a modern 21st-century constitution. We shouldn’t be looking at reforming the monarchy to fit in marginally better with the values and principles of a liberal democracy, when the principle it’s based on (that of being born into such institutional power and wealth) is totally at odds with them! It reeks of hypocrisy. We should be working on getting rid of the monarchy altogether. My two penneth, anyway.