Here’s one attempt:
The royal biographer Robert Lacey argues that the job of the monarch is to represent common values, and he believes that the Queen was ahead of her time in championing equality and diversity around the Commonwealth. He also thinks that Charles will do the same.
No, that isn’t it.
We need someone to pin the Victoria Cross on people. Or, if you’re not into that military stuff, the George Cross.
There needs to be – every society ever has had one and it’s unlikely we’ll ever have a society that doesn’t – someone, some thing, somewhere, that is unarguably the bit that confers that societal approbation.
Yes, yes, sure, Ks and all that, Baronies, they’re tied up with politics and so scheming scum end up with them. Leaving even that aside how much of an honour is a peerage now Prem has one?
But every society does have that stuff right at the top, the stuff that really is only handed out on pure, unadulterated merit. So, who should hand it out?
A largely inbred German duchess seems a reasonable enough compromise. It’s vastly better than the likely alternative, President John Prescott. No, the distaste for that is not because Prescott, but because that’s how any system of political selection would work. It would be someone from the political class, it would be someone who has climbed that greasy pole but who is, undoubtedly, a second rater. Among the current crop you could see Dianne Abbott running for it, Harriett would certainly have a try, Gavin Williamson anyone? Because that is what politics would throw up.
And, you know, given that the job is to pin the VC on people what might not be quite what we desire. Not entirely, not quite, because they’re all idiots but because the method of their getting there would mean they weren’t quite the person for the job. For anyone who has spent the necessary life in politics to get elected President shouldn’t be within 50 miles of the honour of a GC.
Far better to leave it to the lucky sperm club.