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Forum: British Royals 01-13-2008, 09:42 PM
Replies: 391
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Posted By Elspeth
Well, as in all aristocratic families, the eldest...

Well, as in all aristocratic families, the eldest son has the lion's share of the property, but generally speaking, the younger children are provided for out of legacies and trust funds. For example,...
Forum: British Royals 01-13-2008, 08:47 PM
Replies: 391
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Posted By Elspeth
Well, there sort of isn't. However, a lot of...

Well, there sort of isn't. However, a lot of people don't really appreciate the difference between a senior royal, a minor royal, and a close relative of the royals who doesn't happen to be royal. I...
Forum: British Royals 01-13-2008, 08:04 PM
Replies: 391
Views: 35,195
Posted By Elspeth
Maybe not so much young people today, although...

Maybe not so much young people today, although I've lived away from the country for so long that I can't say for sure. However, "for Queen and Country" has been a motto of the armed services for a...
Forum: British Royals 12-18-2007, 11:12 AM
Replies: 391
Views: 35,195
Posted By Elspeth
Jo, milla Ca is also German (if that makes any...

Jo, milla Ca is also German (if that makes any difference to what you were saying).
Forum: British Royals 12-17-2007, 11:10 PM
Replies: 391
Views: 35,195
Posted By Elspeth
I remember when it happened (ain't old age...

I remember when it happened (ain't old age fun...); I know it was the Governor-General who did it, but he's supposed to be the Queen's representative, so it's the Australian equivalent of the Queen...
Forum: British Royals 12-17-2007, 11:46 AM
Replies: 391
Views: 35,195
Posted By Elspeth
Of course you're allowed to change your opinions....

Of course you're allowed to change your opinions. The point here is that, as you yourself have said in threads and in your article, you've changed your opinions for various reasons - some of which...
Forum: British Royals 12-17-2007, 11:12 AM
Replies: 391
Views: 35,195
Posted By Elspeth
So what happened to the monarch being appointed...

So what happened to the monarch being appointed by God or whatever it was you were claiming last year?

http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums/f44/king-charles-queen-camilla-8101-6.html#post475060
Forum: British Royals 12-17-2007, 09:38 AM
Replies: 391
Views: 35,195
Posted By Elspeth
We'll have to wait and see. The monarchy has...

We'll have to wait and see. The monarchy has survived some purely awful individual monarchs over the centuries, just as some republics have survived some deeply worthless presidents. Although you're...
Forum: British Royals 12-17-2007, 09:28 AM
Replies: 391
Views: 35,195
Posted By Elspeth
Of course we can. Any country anywhere can do...

Of course we can. Any country anywhere can do without the form of government it currently has and can make do with another one. The point in Britain is whether the people wish to have a different...
Forum: British Royals 12-16-2007, 02:17 PM
Replies: 391
Views: 35,195
Posted By Elspeth
You can blah blah all you like; it doesn't alter...

You can blah blah all you like; it doesn't alter the fact that the Tower of London is not run by the National Trust.

Nor does it alter the fact that in post 299 you said "The Royal Treasure in...
Forum: British Royals 12-15-2007, 12:29 AM
Replies: 391
Views: 35,195
Posted By Elspeth
The Royal Treasure in the Tower of London is not...

The Royal Treasure in the Tower of London is not the Queen's personal property or the property of the royal family. From the royal family website:

"The Crown Jewels are part of the national...
Forum: British Royals 12-15-2007, 12:17 AM
Replies: 391
Views: 35,195
Posted By Elspeth
I don't see any evidence of the French people as...

I don't see any evidence of the French people as a whole regretting having done away with the monarchy.



And the people don't seem to want the monarchy back in France or in Russia, so...
Forum: British Royals 12-13-2007, 03:00 AM
Replies: 391
Views: 35,195
Posted By Elspeth
Robert Mugabe is an elected president. I don't...

Robert Mugabe is an elected president. I don't think Zimbabwe is exactly a beacon of freedom, democracy, and meritocracy. In Britian, representatives are elected, and there are a large number of MPs...
Forum: British Royals 11-20-2007, 03:26 PM
Replies: 391
Views: 35,195
Posted By Elspeth
I didn't say he was. I took issue with your...

I didn't say he was. I took issue with your dismissal of his contributions as just "looking pretty."
Forum: British Royals 11-15-2007, 03:46 PM
Replies: 391
Views: 35,195
Posted By Elspeth
If you read Sir Alan Lascelles's memoirs which...

If you read Sir Alan Lascelles's memoirs which cover the war, you'll see that although Churchill, as the head of the elected government, was doing most of the work, the King was doing significant...
Forum: British Royals 10-28-2007, 02:45 PM
Replies: 391
Views: 35,195
Posted By Elspeth
I don't think the notion that anyone can become...

I don't think the notion that anyone can become head of state is a measure of democracy. Or, for that matter, a measure of meritocracy. Anyone can become head of state in a country where a general...
Forum: British Royals 10-27-2007, 11:29 PM
Replies: 391
Views: 35,195
Posted By Elspeth
Inherited wealth is a fact of life in...

Inherited wealth is a fact of life in non-Communist societies (and in some Communist ones too, for that matter); in the USA, that great bastion of republicanism, the divide between rich and poor is...
Forum: British Royals 10-27-2007, 10:59 PM
Replies: 391
Views: 35,195
Posted By Elspeth
No, it's not that we can't be trusted, it's that...

No, it's not that we can't be trusted, it's that they can't. When you have a position as powerful as that of a president, you need it to be filled by someone who can afford to look at the long term...
Forum: British Royals 10-26-2007, 11:50 PM
Replies: 391
Views: 35,195
Posted By Elspeth
Indeed. However, bad monarchs aren't disastrous...

Indeed. However, bad monarchs aren't disastrous because they don't make the executive decisions. The world takes a lot longer these days to get over the effects of 8 years of a bad US president than...
Forum: British Royals 10-26-2007, 11:41 PM
Replies: 391
Views: 35,195
Posted By Elspeth
Guess I missed the news report where people don't...

Guess I missed the news report where people don't elect MPs any more.

You realise there are more MPs than there are US senators and congressmen combined, right? And for a population one fifth the...
Forum: British Royals 10-26-2007, 04:03 PM
Replies: 391
Views: 35,195
Posted By Elspeth
BeatrixFan said the system has worked well in the...

BeatrixFan said the system has worked well in the past, which I think is true. I'm still not clear why things have changed to the point where all of a sudden the system won't work in the future, and...
Forum: British Royals 10-26-2007, 03:51 PM
Replies: 391
Views: 35,195
Posted By Elspeth
Because, as you say, it's worked in the past. No...

Because, as you say, it's worked in the past. No reason why it can't carry on working - we've had worse kings than William over the centuries, but the system has survived them. These days a bad...
Forum: British Royals 10-26-2007, 03:36 PM
Replies: 391
Views: 35,195
Posted By Elspeth
But didn't you just get through saying the...

But didn't you just get through saying the monarchy was simply a matter of an accident of birth? So what's all this stuff about training, then? Doesn't sound very accidental.
Forum: British Royals 10-26-2007, 03:23 PM
Replies: 391
Views: 35,195
Posted By Elspeth
So why wait till the end of Charles's reign? Why...

So why wait till the end of Charles's reign? Why not do away with the monarchy right now? The same arguments that apply to William also apply to the Queen if it's just an "accident of birth" argument.
Forum: British Royals 10-26-2007, 01:32 AM
Replies: 391
Views: 35,195
Posted By Elspeth
Sure it is, if it wants to. Much better to...

Sure it is, if it wants to. Much better to surrender it voluntarily than have it removed forcibly.




This is one of the advantages of a constitutional monarchy regardless of the strength of...
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