The term monarchy is an archaic tradition that is still held in some places in the modern day

The term monarchy is an archaic tradition that is still held in some places in the modern day, it refers to a supreme power held by a singular person in charge of a nation and seen as a power chosen by God, although this is how the monarchy was seen in the past it is now no longer used in most places around the world but has two descriptions in the places that it is still used like the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and more, the first type of monarchy is that used in Saudi Arabia which is known as ‘absolute monarchy’ this is more similar to the older connotation of monarchy, absolute monarchy involves whoever the monarch is to be in charge of all three branches of politics involving that nation and therefore has all the power, the second type of monarchy is practiced in the U.K. and is called ‘constitutional monarchy’ and this involves the monarch having little to no power at all when it comes to the politics of the nation. This essay will be discussing the controversy the monarchy in the U.K. causes and whether it is still a needed tradition in the U.K.
The monarchy has different responsibilities that are held in the U.K. that cannot be carried out by politicians as such roles are “too intimate” therefore needs to be done by someone who is seen as neutral when politics are involved and can be trusted as a representative of the United Kingdom which includes her picture on the currency. Some of these events include the visitation of the Queen to China in 1986 which commenced the interaction between China and the United Kingdom, in such cases where the U.K. needed to reply to the request of China shortly after the very controversial incident of the ‘Tiananmen Square Massacre’, the involvement of politicians in such cases would insinuate that the U.K. did not see the error in the situation and this is how the monarchy played a useful role in the alliance between China and the United Kingdom. The monarchy is also seen as the “figurehead to commonwealth” which keeps a good relationship with the countries involved in the commonwealth, the commonwealth consists of countries that were invaded by the United Kingdom as an apology. The monarchy also plays important roles in traditional ceremonies like ‘Remembrance Day’.
As well as taking part in intimate ceremonies, the monarchy also serves as an extra layer of protection when it involves the passing of a law as, what is known as a Royal Assent refers to the Queens signature which is needed in order to pass a law, in the U.K. for a law to be passed it is required to firstly get 326 votes from parliament and lastly to be given royal assent by the queen if not it is not passed and cannot be a law, this extra layer of security helps protect the U.K. from extreme laws and protects it population.
The monarchy also has several ‘nominal power’ which refer to certain actions that can be taken by the queen in theory but would not be done in reality, this includes the power to start and end a war, ‘dissolve’ the parliament or grant a royal pardon which is sometimes carried out as an apology to those who have been convicted harshly or wrongly. The monarchy also helps show politicians the limitation to the power they have. In Britain it is known that politicians can be easily removed, this keeps the parliament grounded and not irrational as they are not irreplaceable. Although the monarchy is around to show the limitation of power in parliament there is also a limitation of power in the monarchy due to a democratic nation and this was put to practice in 1649 in the beheading of King Charles I for treason, although such practices cannot be carried out in todays society it does enlighten the fact that the monarchy is replaceable and removable.
Although there are many responsibilities that the monarchy it is a very controversial topic and one of the arguments raised against the monarchy includes how expensive it is to maintain them and the lifestyle they lead, one of the ways that the royal family Is maintained is through taxes which may vary due to expenses that may be needed, an example of one of the incidents that put a strain in the U.K. population due to the cost of maintaining the royal family includes the ‘Windsor Castle Fire’ that increased the cost of tax exponentially in 1992 from the normal £7.9 million yearly to £36.5 million yearly. Another example of the financial strain the royal family causes in the United Kingdom includes the scandal of Prince Harrys ‘party’ lifestyle that was paid for by the citizens of the U.K. as well Charles divorce with Diana which is unfair to the public and this may be an aggravating factor on why only 68% of the population still want a monarchy (Yougov.uk, 2015). Amongst the problem of expenses, the monarchy is also seen as an undemocratic force in a democratic nation linking to the fact that they are not widely popular the Britain but are still in power, this does not show that the people are being heard, although the number of people for the monarchy slightly surpasses the number of people against it, the narrow gap between the percentage of people that do is enough to raise questions on whether the monarchy is really needed. The problem of how ‘old fashioned’ having a monarchy is also raises problems in the society though some may see having a monarchy as upholding a sacred tradition, others may link it to being archaic and ‘old fashioned’.
In conclusion having a monarchy can only be objectively criticised as the idea of it being ‘old fashioned’ or undemocratic are not factorial statements but rather a statement of opinion, whereas the positive effect they have on the community that have been brought forward are statements of fact due to preceding events that have shown proof for example the visitation to china, or the monarchies representation of the country in the currency and the role played in the maintain ace of the commonwealth that shows Britain’s more remorseful side, also the it may be a strain on the income of the public to maintain the monarchy but it could be argued that the monarchy does have a job to carry out as opposed to the belief that they have no use. Therefore, there is no flawless design to running a nation and the monarchy does not pose as a threat to the nation as an example was set in the beheading of King Charles I in 1649, so there are not enough valid reasons to remove them.

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