The Queen was the Grandmother to 20th Century Western Democracy, she was a cornerstone of modernity, a feminist trailblazer and the only functioning Matriarchy on the planet.
She fought the Nazis!
Her devotion to public service and duty were the values of an older Britain, and she saw them through with a tenacity that would make Piranhas feel shy.
Yes, yes, yes – figure head of a blood thirsty white Imperialist Coloniser, sure, but who isn’t these days?
People felt emotionally bonded to the Queen and her service became what the Royalty stood for.
I think King Charles III will be a very, very, very different kind of Monarch who will be violently shaped by the extreme circumstances Britain finds itself in.
Charlie was the first to gain tertiary education, he was into climate change and organics well before it was mainstream and he saw the damage Thatcher caused the social fabric of his Kingdom.
I think in Liz Truss, Britain has the most right wing free market Prime Minister since Thatcher.
Her free market ‘solutions’ will come at a time when the UK faces 20% inflation and an 80% jump in electricity and heating costs as Putin turns off the gas.
Truss wants to frack while Charlie wants to decarbonise.
The extreme social rupture Truss’s free market fanaticism will cause alongside her trashing of the environment as climate extremes become catastrophic will combine to force Charlie’s hand.
He will see his reign as no more than 20 years and will feel forced to go well beyond the Constitutional Monarchy restraints and heavily criticise the Prime Minister.
Those tensions inside Britain will be difficult enough for Charles, but in terms of the Commonwealth where arguments about colonial crimes and sins of the past dominate, my feeling is that the catastrophic weather events many of those countries are about face will eclipse any desire to pull away from the Commonwealth, especially if Charles is championing more resources for climate adaptation.
Charles III will be a Disrupter at a time his Kingdom disintegrates socially.
In terms of NZs constitutional arrangement and the possibility of us becoming a Republic. The current hate and shit fest the issue of co-governance has plunged into shows we are utterly incapable as a culture and society to maturely discuss any issue as fraught as a constitutional debate.
Māori see a personal connection to the Royal Family, removing the Royal Family as our Head of State would be seen as a way of removing the personal obligation to fulfil the promise of the Treaty.
You can imagine how that will go down, and of course all those pakeha who want to dilute Māori political representation as it is would love to exploit the process and cut them out of any co-governance altogether.
We simply aren’t intellectually capable enough to have a discussion about becoming a Republic because we haven’t even settled basic co-operation between the Indigenous peoples of this country and the settlers who robbed them blind.
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