So a comedian managed to break into Prince William's (next but one to the throne I believe) birthday party a few days ago (dressed as Osama Bin Ladin in a dress). The news following this was amusing in a way. The police did the sensible thing of apologising and promising never to do it again; the tabloids called the comedian a nut, a lunatic, a dangerous fool. It was pointed out that if this person was carrying a bomb, he could have potentially killed the next six people in line for the throne, passing it onto Prince Andrew who was in Canada I believe.
Apparently this is not good. Now, I totally agree that someone breaking into a "secure" party and killing six people is not a good thing, and am not advocating the assassination of the monarchy. I am a peaceful person, against killing in general.
However, this touches a nerve I have regarding the monarchy. People discuss whether Prince Charles is fit to be the next King, if maybe we should skip him and go straight to his son Prince William (who started out being a relatively normal person, thanks to his mother Diana, but has turned into another fox hunting Barbour jacket wearing upper-class royal over time). Like we have a choice. England is a monarchy. The people don't pick the succession. A select group of advisers doesn't pick. The government doesn't pick. God picks. The succession of a monarchy is not based on the next King or Queen being a particularly brave, strong, clever, cunning or insightful person, but that He picked them. Of course, He is infallible so is always right in the long run, even if He appears to make strange moves. He is never wrong.
If the comedian did turn out to be a terrorist and killed the next six people in line to the thrown, then that is what He wanted. A disease could kill the immediate royal family and leave a distant young child as the King, and that is what He wanted (something similar has happened in the past). This is screwing around with the idea of free will, as whatever happens was meant to happen. Extrapolate this up to the entire nation, and suddenly our lives are just small parts of the grand plan, decided in advance. I don't agree with this, and from the polls in the tabloids (I'm looking mainly at The Sun here), neither does the majority of the nation. So why do we still have this ancient system?
Well, in England at the moment the Royal family's roles consist of:
- Doing a speech at Christmas which nobody watches
- Attracting tourists
- Being rich
They don't really serve a good purpose any more, as the running of the country has been delegated to the elected government. Your comments: so why does England still have a monarchy?