“Nice as it would be to be proven wrong, bad press will not bring down the monarchy. Good journalism is vital, and – easy as it might have been to overlook over the past month – it does exist, but it cannot take the place of concerted political action.”
We should oppose the monarchy because it symbolises state power as fundamentally divorced from popular control and reduced to meaningless gestures, a truth that applies whether we have a dyspeptic colonialist monarchy or an Atlanticist “people’s princess”.
Source Direct: Bananas Monarchy
It was heartening to see many Scottish commentators and institutions respond to the visit without the usual fawning. But the monarchy risks distracting from true republican questions about state power.
Source Direct: Britain’s Magical Kingdom
“Advocates of independence will almost inevitably be judged as insufficiently deferential to ‘the Firm’ whether they actually exhibit any hint of republican sympathy or not – which raises long-overdue questions about the SNP’s current approach to that phantasmagorical institution.”
Sean Bell: An unwelcome royal visit should remind us there’s only one solution for monarchy
“El Borbón a prisión!” That was the shout of a small group of protestors in Madrid on Sunday [9 August], after the self-exile of Juan Carlos I of the House of Bourbon, who is under investigation for corruption charges in Switzerland and Spain. The protest was small because Spain is in its holiday season, but […]