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  1. Chris says

    @MaryM

    Britain already is a democracy. The Queen has been in power for over 60 years, I doubt she’s stupid, and she’s not a whore. But thank you anyways for your articulate argument. I’m sure you made your point to everyone. Are you even a citizen of The Commonwealth?

    Long Live The Queen, and Long Live the Monarchy.

  2. johnny says

    LOL @ Woody!

    I wonder if she’d feel the same way if she had to rake a blade across her face every morning.

    Beards on princes are pretty much part of England’s history. Not sure what her problem is other than being an old C.

  3. MaryM says

    @Chris – Britain has an unelected head of state and and unelected Upper House of Parliament. It is only the Lower House of Parliament which is democratically elected in Britain (and the voting system for that house is as primitive as the US system).

    Plus Britain does not have separation of church and state – the ‘queen’ is also head of the Cult of England.

    It is a gross exaggeration to claim that Britain is a democracy.

  4. aj says

    @MaryM: she’s his grandmother. That’s what business it is of hers. It’s not exactly unusual to have an overbearing grandparent with opinions about your life.

  5. MaryM says

    Well AJ – young Mr Harry Windsor needs to tell his interfering old grandmother – Lizzie Windsor – to f*** right off.

    The British monarchy makes an utter joke out of Britain.

  6. hugo says

    She’s probably just concerned about the PR. He’s starting to look and act too much like that other “Harry”, the one with the six wives, who was also a famously handsome redhead in his youth.

    Maybe Harry can donate his beard to be made into a hairpiece for his brother.

  7. JackFknTwist says

    @ MARYM & others:

    Many of the EU heads of State are Monarchs;
    Uk
    Belgium
    Netherlands
    Luxembourg
    Spain
    Norway
    Sweden
    Denmark

    I doubt very much that the Queen gave any such order. Her grandfather and great grandfather had beards.

    And of course so does Uncle Edward….!!!!

  8. Mike says

    Spot on,Chris. Most of the nations in Europe with marriage equality are constitutional monarchies; the Netherlands,Belgium,Spain,Denmark,Sweden,Norway,etc. Canada & NZ have Queen Elizabeth as head of state as well. England & Wales will have marriage equality soon as will Scotland. Social democracies do much better on human & civil rights than so called “exceptional” nations like the US.

  9. JohnAGJ says

    MaryM: So what? The Monarchy isn’t for me, which I know is easy for me to say as an American, but enough Brits seem to like it and it is THEIR country. If they want to retain the Monarchy, so be it. It’s not like the Queen has any real power like the PM does or anything close to what POTUS has here. As for the House of Lords, it’s even more toothless and can be easily smacked down by the Commons. It’s a quirky institution but seems to work for them. Besides, it’s not like OUR system is working any better so we really have no business getting all self-righteous with them. It’s their Monarchy, not ours.

  10. says

    @marym every state un the EU has a state religion as does most of Central and South America. The House of Lords made up of 752 members is 20 bishops,92 life peers and the rest appointed by the Commons. The Lords can only slow implementation of the law not prevent and all royal prerogatives are enacted on behalf of Her Majesty by the Privy Council and its subcommittee the Cabinet which are ministers from the elected Commons. The House of Commons has been elected since the reign of Edward I was back in the late 1200s. The more you know

  11. ratbastard says

    Hysterical comments. Social democracy? How about a soft fascist corpocracy, which is far mote acurate. I think the UK leads even the U.S. in this respect. Also read up on what Edward Snowden has said about UK spying, which he says is more pervasive and insideous than the U.S. Don’t get upset, I have a lot of mean spirited things to say about other Euro countries, Asian countries, Canada, etc. and of course my own country, the U.S.

    What a joke and distraction.

  12. D.R.H. says

    I’m just glad I’m not as angry as you poor, sad queens. I’ll take a hereditary monarchy over your bought and paid for corporate puppets any day.

  13. SAYTHETRUHT says

    How cute, British still think they live in a fairy tale. Well, given the current demographic ethnic change shown in Britain growth, I don’t think tradition will stand as it is. Right now mostly old folks still get emotional with the whole Monarchy scheme.

  14. Bud Clark says

    Since our “perfect” system of government is working SO well (NOT!), *I* think we should humbly beg Her Majesty’s pardon for the Not So Recent Unpleasantness, and become loyal British subjects.

    If nothing else, they have a LOT more NEAT costumes and fancy ceremonies, which I’m sure Our Tribe choreographs.

    We can’t throw ANYTHING like that without lapsing into jingoism, isolationism, and (usually) racism, and ‘Merica-Worship.

    British colonialism sucked, but is what’s going on around the world TODAY any better?

  15. Bud Clark says

    Since our “perfect” system of government is working SO well (NOT!), *I* think we should humbly beg Her Majesty’s pardon for the Not So Recent Unpleasantness, and become loyal British subjects.

    If nothing else, they have a LOT more NEAT costumes and fancy ceremonies, which I’m sure Our Tribe choreographs.

    We can’t throw ANYTHING like that without lapsing into jingoism, isolationism, and (usually) racism, and ‘Merica-Worship.

    British colonialism sucked, but is what’s going on around the world TODAY any better?

  16. AdamK says

    @Hugo–That’s just what I thought: he looks like a Tudor! They should have a little War of the Roses, lock granny, dad, and bro in the Tower, contrive for them to disappear mysteriously, and get Harry on the throne tout suite.

  17. Randy says

    While I agree that Harry looks much better clean-shaven, it’s his own business.

    I suppose it’s a bit much to expect the UK to dump the Queen if even her grandkids have to endure such crap.

    Still, we can dream. I know the world expects King Bill, but I’m hoping for King Chuck or King Harry. The world will reject Chuck, especially when he starts showing up on money. Harry would be accepted, but just might have the good sense to end the monarchy altogether. His brother seems to eager to fit into the role.

  18. Dave says

    Wow, I love how a cute little story turned into Queen Elizabeth bashing and someone thinking England is NOT a democracy. Well done, all around!

    You don’t need to be angry ABOUT EVERYTHING! It’s a story about a proper grandmother who wants her grandson to look presentable. It was supposed to be cute.

  19. canuck duck says

    What does more harm to a population: having a figurehead Monarch with symbolic power or having a 2nd Amendment that lets any f&&kwit in the land go out in public with an assault weapon? I’ll take my oh-so-oppressive Queen over gun-nut rights any day, thanks. We’ll abolish our monarchy after you repeal the 2nd amendment, it’s a deal…

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