Catherine Bennett tells us all that the Royals are simply too, too, expensive.
And yet nowhere does she consider the contrary. What would be the cost of moving to a Presidential Republic?
The palaces will all still exist, they will all still need to be maintained. Elected politicians require security and transport. State banquets will still happen.
I’ve heard but cannot confirm that the Italian presidency (a purely ceremonial one, as we would get, rather than an executive one like France) is actually more expensive than our own dear Royals, the whole damn family of them.
It’s not immediately obvious that changing the system would cost less cash.
And this is all to ignore what I regard as the essential point of it all. That symbol of the nation thing. Which I boil down to: who gets to pin the VC on that occasional hero that we produce?
Can anyone at all imagine the world being a better place if Beharry received his from a grinning President John Prescott?
I rest my case.