The royals have taken a bit of a battering this year. Last month we wrote about the queen’s £100m pay rise and the Guardian’s exposure of royal involvement in politics. This month’s story has been Harry and Meghan.
The Oprah Winfrey interview pulled the curtain a little further back, letting people see more of the complete absurdity of a monarchy which is centuries out-of-date. Although our opposition is to the monarchy as an institution and is not about personalities, the extra evidence that the royals are just another dysfunctional family, perhaps no worse than average but certainly no better, helps to prepare the ground for our arguments.
Momentum is choosing the motions which it will back at the Labour conference in September. We were invited to submit a motion, and what we sent has been put on the shortlist from which Momentum members will make their choices. If you are a member, or know others who are members, please ask them to vote for Labour for a Republic’s motion – and to vote quickly as the deadline is 1st April.
You can read our motion on our Facebook page. Many CLPs will be considering what they will support at the Conference. Why not suggest that your CLP also proposes this motion? (Please remind them that Labour for a Republic is always ready to provide speakers.)
With the spotlight on the royals, ‘Republic’ has launched a new petition calling for “an open, honest public debate on the future of the monarchy”. You can sign it here.
Last Saturday The Times reminded us there are still 85 hereditary peers in the Lords. The Electoral Reform Society has followed this up with its petition calling for an elected second chamber.
At a recent meeting of our members, we decided to abandon the plans for any wider meetings until late May or June. At the moment most of us are hugely busy with election campaigns and we felt we should leave any further activity until after 6th May. We hope to be in touch when the elections are over with our plans for future meetings, both by Zoom and at the party conference.
Not yet a member? Now’s the time to join!
The Labour for a Republic Team