Any independent nation who wants someone who looks dignified in a suit (No, really! I do!), has a good command of the English language (and an abysmal command of any other language), knows some manners and can carry on an intelligent conversation, I'm your man!
I'll only require one suite of rooms in a large, history-filled building we can turn into a museum (more income for the national coffers, plus employment opportunities in abundance!), and I'll work for room, board, education expenses (well, you'd certainly want a monarch with a good education, now wouldn't you?), and spending money equivalent to the median income for your nation. I'll pay for things I like when I go shopping or do without. I'll pay taxes.
Really! If interested, have your state department contact our state department and work out the details. No third-world countries need apply (unless the position of President-for-life is open).
------------------ Carpe Canem!
[This message was edited by Baloo on March 20, 1999.]
Actually, here in Canada the monarchy has quite an important constitutional role. The queen (or king) is the only one with the power to dissolve parliament and call new elections, and in extreme circumstances could do so against the prime minister's wishes. And, as others have said, it is an important piece of tradition and history.
And yes, the royal family in England is very wealthy (Queen Elizabeth II was the wealthiest woman in the world a while ago), but hey, so is the Vatican, and Bill Gates, and a whole pile of brats who inhereted it from their parents. That's the way the world works unfortunately. If you don't like it, vote Communist.
At least in Canada, we get our monarchy free courtesy of the British taxpayer (although we do pay for royal visits to Canada)
------------------ "Sometimes you get the bear, and sometimes the bear gets you." -Commander Riker, USS Enterprise
Baloo, I believe I will support your idea. However, I think it'd be better if you just took over once I kill the monarchs... somewhere. I forgot that the Windsors are actually German, and therefore DO have a right to rule. How about Kuwait? I think you'd be a good candidate for that job, lot of money in it...
------------------ Please don't put your life in the hands of a Rock n Roll band Who'll throw it all away So I start the revolution from my bed Cos you said the brains I have went to my head -
Treason is the only crime that warrants death according to the current laws of our land, so DT, see ya.
The queen could dissolve parliament if she wants, but she's a woman whose one official address to the nation at Christmas is a speech written by the government and plugs their achievements over the past year - she's extremely powerless.
When Charles went to Argentina a week or two ago, his speech was written by the Foreign office although they completely ballsed it up.
I think Blair has ambitions to become President(maybe). He's already atarted by changing the way the upper house is run. I wwouldn't be surprised if the monarchy is next to lose some more powers.