Why does tradition matter? Colonising and slavery is part of our history, but we all agree it's a good thing that's confined to the history books. Can anyone say why someone should wield ultimate control over a country just because their ancestors killed someone else's ancestors?
And why can't Camilla be queen more than anyone else? If the system runs through family then it's 'right' she'll be queen. She's a hideous person but unlike democracy where we can have a say, we're stuck with a silly system that allows her to be Queen. And is the current Queen, who wants more money from the government to pay her heating bills while the rest of us suffer, who is friends with dictators and human rights abusers that much better just because she keeps quiet and has a warm smile?
Tradition matters because it is the principles this country is built upon. It is, as a nation, a part of who we are and have been for near enough forever. Get rid of that and we don't exist as an entity. Slavery harms people (to put it mildly), Royals don't. I'm not really seeing the point of the comparison.
I'm kind of joking with the Camilla thing, but really, what does it matter? She would be the wife of someone with no real power. I don't much care what she gets up to, but I do not respect her as I do the Queen, Charles and his Sons. So for me she is not ideal, but if Charles decides it is right so be it.
Wants more money to pay her bills. What? What are you talking about. She chooses to pay a lot of tax she does not need to and I'm sure her income to the country far outweighs what she costs. The hangers on not so much, but as I've said they can do one, a lot of minor Royals need to go and fend for themselves.
As for her friends in high places doing low things, that'a a tricky one and I can see why it upsets people. I going to suggest it is within the Queens influence to try and deal with these issues diplomatically. The other option taken up with such vigour by our elected politicians is to bomb the crap out of them and their people instead. I'd rather let the Queen crack on with the diplomacy.
pluk- Can I ask you one thing? You tall about earning respect and working your way up, but The queen was born into her job. Big contradiction! You have also falied to justify why normal familes are given a talking down to about being on benifits and how its ok for the royals to living off the taxpayer?
What a nice country we live in!
A terminally ill person who has days to live who is claming DLA/ESA is targeted by the press, while our "Superiors" are living in luxury at our expense. Who are the real scroungers?
It is not a contradiction at all. She has had 60 years to earn my and the nations respect and has done so consistently. She may become queen by default but she has shown her worth and deserving of being there many times over, so the people as a whole are happy for her and her family to remain as Monarch. I am not royalty so I don't get to be in line for the thrown. I am also not the Son of a model so don't get to look good and am not the Son of a tiny person so don't get to be a Jockey. I am distinctly average in every way by breeding and upbringing, but have advanced myself to a position I am happy, relaxed and satisfied with. I can look after and care for my family and do some good for society at the same time. With a bit more drive I could be PM. With a bit less I could be a bum. But I am not, I'm me. You may be better concentrating on what you are capable of and realising that potential rather than worrying about what others are doing.
A Monarch that does not act with the will of the people would soon find themselves lacking public support and would be setting themselves up for their own demise.
If you think it is a 'normal family' which lives off of benefits by choice all their life then we really are in a sad state, aren't we? You twist my words you scoundrel. I clearly state the welfare state is a great thing for those of genuine need. But it is abused on a grand scale be lazy people who think the world owes them something, those are the people who are stealing from your Granny and there re plenty of them. The Queen on the other hand is paid to serve the people and manage her estate, and she does so. It is her wage. These things aren't easily quantifiable but I'm sure she and the royal properties more than earns the money they cost as an investment from the tourism they brings in.
I have literally no idea what you are on about with the press and terminally ill people. No one I know begrudges the genuinely needy the support of the state paid for by us, the taxpayer.