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Should the monarchy be abolished? Show more Show less
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The Royal Family is considered a pillar in the British cultural and political landscape. The country tunes in for their weddings, places bets on their baby names and earnestly discusses their wardrobe choices. However, polling shows that many people have a critical view of the royals and do not support the way they operate – for example their secrecy or tax-avoidance – or the public money that's spent on them. Given the monarchy's diminished role in politics, is it time to get rid of the royals? Or do they still serve a purpose in modern society?

Commonwealth countries should become republics or have their own monarchy Show more Show less

Regardless of the state of the monarchy in the UK, Commonwealth countries should not be under it.
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Commonwealth countries shouldn't have a British monarch as their head of state

It is inappropriate that countries with a history of colonisation should have a British monarch as their head of state.
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Context

The British monarch is also head of state for 15 countries outside of the UK, the largest of which are Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

The Argument

Whether or not a constitutional monarchy is a good idea, ex-British colonies should not have the British monarch as the head of state. Any ties to the old motherland have long gone despite many citizens having roots generations back in Britain. Britain’s lack of loyalty to its Commonwealth partners has been demonstrated many times: for instance when Britain joined the then European common market in the early 1970s, they immediately took on other European nations as preferred trading partners which caused significant damage to the economies of the commonwealth nations, seemingly without a second thought. Even in sport, the alleged royal family of Australia or New Zealand do not even pretend to support those teams when they play against a UK team. Therefore, there are no special ties between the UK and the Commonwealth which would suggest they should have a monarch from the other side of the world.

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Premises

[P1] Whether or not a monarchy is a good thing, the 15 Commonwealth nations who have the British monarch as their head of state should not do so.

Rejecting the premises

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