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To Queen or not to Queen?

The Religious Society of Friends in Britain have caused some online debate amongst their members & attenders over their address to our monarch, written as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations. I recognise the qualities of Elizabeth Windsor, the person, but do not recognise her position. I say that not as a traditional Quaker, but as a rational republican. Put simply, last year's riots were a wake-up call that we need to move forward with reform to become more democratic and meritocratic (amongst other things) - the monarchy is an outdated relic, unfair on the holder of the title and unfair on the citizens-made-subjects.

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