The New Yorker’s Lauren Collins questioned as much this week. “It’s
forever surprising to me how many British friends, believers in egalitarian
values in every other realm, subscribe to the view that the royal family is
powerless, harmless, and largely deserving, in some unquestionable way, of the immense privilege that it hoards,” she wrote.
Rest assured Lauren, you are not the only one to scoff at
our monarchist sensibilities – we Brits are perfectly aware and similarly
baffled by our paradoxical affection for a system which
appears at odds with the meritocratic principles of a modern liberal democracy.
However, according to polling data
from Ipsos Mori, support for a republic in Britain was 18 percent in 1969, 18
percent in 1993, 19 percent in 2002 and 18 percent just last year- which means that three-quarters of the population really want Britain to remain a