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Forum: British Royals 12-23-2007, 10:30 PM
Replies: 391
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Posted By wbenson
I know. That's what makes it more powerful than...

I know. That's what makes it more powerful than the House of Lords by far. Even after a double dissolution, the Senate still has a voice in whether or not the bills pass. Their opinion is never able...
Forum: British Royals 12-22-2007, 02:39 AM
Replies: 391
Views: 35,195
Posted By wbenson
I never said it was. I said that the Senate is...

I never said it was. I said that the Senate is more powerful than the House of Lords is in the UK. Australia has a far more powerful upper house than the UK. The most the Lords can do is be petulant...
Forum: British Royals 12-17-2007, 11:41 PM
Replies: 391
Views: 35,195
Posted By wbenson
Australia's upper house is more powerful than the...

Australia's upper house is more powerful than the House of Lords, which is what caused the issue to begin with. The Australian Senate can block supply, whereas the Lords can only delay it for a month.
Forum: British Royals 12-17-2007, 03:13 PM
Replies: 391
Views: 35,195
Posted By wbenson
The 61p doesn't go into her handbag, it goes to...

The 61p doesn't go into her handbag, it goes to cover the costs a head of state incurs when heading a state, like travel costs. Most of those costs wouldn't change with a President, as a President...
Forum: British Royals 12-14-2007, 05:12 PM
Replies: 391
Views: 35,195
Posted By wbenson
It's not a possibility right now. So long as even...

It's not a possibility right now. So long as even one province says no, a republic is a constitutional impossibility.
Forum: British Royals 12-14-2007, 05:11 PM
Replies: 391
Views: 35,195
Posted By wbenson
Why is it a "right and an integral part of free...

Why is it a "right and an integral part of free society" to have a popular vote for everyone and anyone? Parliament can remove the monarch if they choose so to do. Nobody is stopped from forming a...
Forum: British Royals 12-14-2007, 04:55 PM
Replies: 391
Views: 35,195
Posted By wbenson
Do you have a citation for the Canada one? It's...

Do you have a citation for the Canada one? It's extremely hard to remove the monarchy in Canada. It requires the federal Parliament and all 10 Provincial Legislatures to approve.
Forum: British Royals 12-12-2007, 11:09 PM
Replies: 391
Views: 35,195
Posted By wbenson
How would an admittedly powerless figurehead help...

How would an admittedly powerless figurehead help the people to have their voice heard? The voice of the people is pointless where it can do nothing to help them.

If you want a "democratic"...
Forum: British Royals 10-29-2007, 02:35 AM
Replies: 391
Views: 35,195
Posted By wbenson
None of that is her private income, and it in...

None of that is her private income, and it in can't really be considered to be her "pay." The civil list goes to pay for her household, and the grants-in-aid pay only for travel and property...
Forum: British Royals 10-28-2007, 09:30 PM
Replies: 391
Views: 35,195
Posted By wbenson
But that's... almost... someone getting...

But that's... almost... someone getting benefits... for life... even though they have no "real" job... That's supposed to end in republics!
Forum: British Royals 10-28-2007, 06:30 PM
Replies: 391
Views: 35,195
Posted By wbenson
In the US they still get police escorts and...

In the US they still get police escorts and motorcades and all that fun stuff, so yes, they do get to go through red lights.

YouTube - George & Barbara Bush's Motorcade After Event w/ Queen...
Forum: British Royals 10-28-2007, 02:02 PM
Replies: 391
Views: 35,195
Posted By wbenson
The same can be said for the opposite. Is there...

The same can be said for the opposite. Is there really a reason to force major change in order to make people "feel good" about being able to be head of state. Let's say that in any given 80 year...
Forum: British Royals 10-28-2007, 12:37 AM
Replies: 391
Views: 35,195
Posted By wbenson
By your standards, there are no "truly modern...

By your standards, there are no "truly modern countries." There is and always will be inherited wealth, unless you ban all inheritance.

If the monarchy was abolished today, the members would be...
Forum: British Royals 10-27-2007, 09:32 PM
Replies: 391
Views: 35,195
Posted By wbenson
The subject would change, at least.

The subject would change, at least.
Forum: British Royals 10-27-2007, 08:17 PM
Replies: 391
Views: 35,195
Posted By wbenson
What I want to know is this: What tangible...

What I want to know is this:

What tangible benefit will the British (or any other) people have by removing the monarchy? Will they be wealthier? Will they be healthier? Will the trains suddenly...
Forum: British Royals 10-24-2007, 02:25 PM
Replies: 391
Views: 35,195
Posted By wbenson
There is a possible benefit (for me) of a...

There is a possible benefit (for me) of a hypothetical British republic. Since that wouldn't affect the other realms (at least not Canada, since it requires a very hard to enact constitutional...
Forum: British Royals 10-22-2007, 11:15 AM
Replies: 391
Views: 35,195
Posted By wbenson
Which has never once been proven to be true. If...

Which has never once been proven to be true. If you want to make claims about people, you should provide credible sources.

Oh, and if you think coups don't happen in "democracies" (under your...
Forum: British Royals 10-21-2007, 11:47 PM
Replies: 391
Views: 35,195
Posted By wbenson
I don't buy that. At all. I refuse to submit to...

I don't buy that. At all. I refuse to submit to the (wrong) notion that opinions are more valid or less valid based on geography.

The financial argument for the royal family is really pointless....
Forum: British Royals 10-21-2007, 02:24 PM
Replies: 391
Views: 35,195
Posted By wbenson
If an employer told me who was acceptable to...

If an employer told me who was acceptable to marry or who was not, I'd gladly pack my own.
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