19th Oct 2018
Friday Flash Poll: Is it time for a Royal flush?
Friday Flash Poll: Is it time for a Royal flush?

Australia has had its share of weird weather this past week, but nothing compared to the whirlwind tour by Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle.

While the likeability of the Prince and the Duchess may be rekindling many a love affair with the Royal Family, there are just as many who are turned off by the latest token visit by our nation’s sovereigns.

Sure, these two are about as charming and amiable as a chocolate George Clooney. And one can’t help notice, admire or envy the love in Meghan’s eyes as she dotes on her darling prince, but is this renewed fascination with the crown and her clan enough to make us forget that the monarchy is, well, a little stale and irrelevant?

Australia’s troika of monarchists, republicans and couldn’t-care-lessers have long been debating the merits of tradition, freedom from Royal rule or the right to not give a flying flag (in that order).

Our nation is like the teenager that can’t leave home. Our bags are packed but we just can’t seem to walk out the door. Thoughts of what would happen without mother mingle with how we would deal with our new-found freedom.

Should Australia finally cross the threshold and break free from Royal rule? Or do Harry and Meghan charm you enough to remain in the shadow of the crown?

This is the crux of our Friday Flash Poll: Is it time for a Royal flush?

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    Old Geezer
    19th Oct 2018
    10:24am
    I wish they would all stay home and save us a fortune.
    fred
    19th Oct 2018
    11:37am
    nothing compared to our cost for immigration, legal or otherwise not to mention foreign aid . The Royals visit to Dubbo was received with an overwhelming welcome and generated huge economic activity according to the Dubbo mayor I would like to see them more often and more visits to the regions Other counties like NZ are also very welcoming of the Royals
    Jim
    19th Oct 2018
    3:05pm
    You are joking arn’t you, the visit has generated heaps of money for our economy, love them or hate them, but you can’t escape the fact we make money out of them, mind you I suppose you might find it hard to smile at how much happiness they have brought to many people around the country, especially for mental health, I suppose some people just find hate easier to manage, I suppose we should have sympathy for people like your self, but you are entitled to your opinion.
    Rod63
    19th Oct 2018
    3:17pm
    Jim, how have they generated heaps of money? Please explain.
    Jim
    19th Oct 2018
    4:24pm
    I will try and explain but I am not sure how receptive you are, wherever you have crowds of people they buy stuff the more people the more stuff gets sold, memorabilia is everywhere, people buy snacks, coffee, people use public transport to get to the venues, they put petrol in their cars, the original estimates of crowds that would attend the venues that the royals were going to be at was put at about 1 million, if ten percent bought something that’s 100,000 people buying something, I have no idea if that many people have actually attended anything or if anyone bought anything, but it seems likely that they have, I suppose there might have been a few bob raised for tickets to the invictus games, but there again maybe no one will attend, what do you think?
    Rod63
    19th Oct 2018
    4:52pm
    Yes, Jim, those things happen, but they don\t generate money, just transfer it.

    If you sell me something, no money is generated. You have as much more as I have less. It balances out.

    All that is happening is money is moving around.
    Jim
    19th Oct 2018
    5:05pm
    You got me beat, I don’t understand your response, are you inferring that people don’t spend more money, or that no actual money is generated, what ever you are inferring surely you agree that the economy gets a boost, the government collects, business collects and charities benefit enormously, money is always moving around unfortunately it is usually moving away from me.
    rattler
    19th Oct 2018
    10:34am
    keeps us a bit more stable than a lot of republic countries.Even if we natter about the financial cost,better than a riot every other week.
    Fiona
    19th Oct 2018
    10:55am
    Just what I was thinking rattler.
    Bobbi
    19th Oct 2018
    11:39am
    I agree, if Australia went Republic would probably be an Islamic state within 20 years.
    Avatar
    19th Oct 2018
    11:58am
    Not sure where you get your statistics from. The two most powerful economies in the world, and some would say the most anti-Islamic, are the USA and China. So, which statistics do you used to come up with your opinions?
    Jenny
    19th Oct 2018
    12:19pm
    Actually it is Britain which is in most danger of becoming Islamic in the future, if you can believe some of the rumours being bandied about.
    Jenny
    19th Oct 2018
    11:23am
    I am more than a little concerned about how we would go about choosing a head of state, and how much power they might have. Just look at the US! On the other hand it is a tad regressive to keep this old connection to British royalty. Put me in the undecided category.
    Rod63
    19th Oct 2018
    12:13pm
    I think we could/should select our head of state as we do our GG now, and that head of state should have the same powers.

    In other words, our head of state would be mainly a figurehead, but, importantly, out own Australian figure head and not a foreign monarch.
    Jim
    19th Oct 2018
    4:36pm
    The way the GG is selected now is that the government puts forward a candidate of their choosing then the house votes on it, so if the government of the day wants to put one of their mates in then you end up with someone who might have a political agenda favouring the government of the day, that’s my understanding, so you would have a political appointment, some might say that’s as it should be, I don’t agree.
    Rod63
    19th Oct 2018
    4:58pm
    I don't agree with political appointments either. Pretty much all appointments to GG have been very good. Certainly they haven't been political.

    In any case, our heads, if like the GG as they should be, won't have the power to implement any political agenda, even if they had one.

    Voting for the head by the people could tend to politicise the process. That's why appointment, by the PM approved by parliament, is best.
    KB
    19th Oct 2018
    11:44am
    The younger royals such as Prince Harry are good for the world. Prince Harry does a lot for mental health and good on him for speaking out as they are important issues. I loved the way he embraced Lune the little boy with Down Syndrome. He is shown to be all inclusive just like his mother was. Cannot imagine the older royals getting down at eye level with a lad with special needs. Good on you Harry. Just as well he is not in line to be because he need to be free to be involved and speak out on important social issues Cost too much money to be come a republic ,Money better spent fixing hospitals and homeless people,
    Nan Norma
    19th Oct 2018
    12:01pm
    KB Well said.
    missmarple
    19th Oct 2018
    12:53pm
    I agree with what you said KB, the younger royals are more down to earth and in touch than the older ones,,,, if Australia was to become a republic how in heavens name could we get anyone worthy to be head of state when you see the ratbags in Parliment today
    Rod63
    19th Oct 2018
    1:21pm
    missmarple - the head of state wouldn't be a politician but a worthy Australian as have been our GGs.
    musicveg
    19th Oct 2018
    2:22pm
    Speaking out is good, but talking about it does not get the job done, more money is spent keeping the royals safe than it would be to become a republic I would think.
    rtrish
    19th Oct 2018
    11:59am
    I don't mind the ceremonial functions and visits but they should be that only. NOT the head of our country. Roll on the Republic.
    Rod63
    19th Oct 2018
    12:15pm
    100% agree. Let's still enjoy the royals and have them visit but not as our heads.
    Hardworker
    19th Oct 2018
    1:08pm
    I agree with rtrish and Rod63 it's about time we became a Republic with the royals visiting occasionally. I think we have more brains than to vote for someone like Trump or Barnaby.
    Rod63
    19th Oct 2018
    1:23pm
    Hardworker, I don't think there should be a vote for the head but it should be a worthy Australian, above politics, like our GGs have been.
    Jim
    19th Oct 2018
    3:20pm
    So some of you think we should have a head of state that is appointed by the parliament, and you would think they would be impartial, say someone like Quentin Price who was openly left wing, Bill Shorten dumped his wife to marry the daughter and got fast tracked into the parliament, that’s how impartial the GG are, from what I understand we have been a republic since 1901 in everything but name, so if we are to become a republic how are we going to get someone who is totally impartial, I think it would be nigh on impossible for either of the main parties to come up with someone who is impartial, maybe the GG should be selected by the people, we couldn’t do any worse, but again the main parties would only put forward their choice, I would be interested in what people genuinely think would be a safe way to elect our head of state.
    roy
    19th Oct 2018
    4:30pm
    Shifty Shorten is filth.
    musicveg
    19th Oct 2018
    4:33pm
    Roy, why do you not like Shorten? I am interested, and who would be better?
    roy
    19th Oct 2018
    4:52pm
    He is filth, google Bill Shorten union bully boy.
    Jim
    19th Oct 2018
    5:21pm
    Hi musicveg, I know your question isn’t aimed at me, but I think I can give an answer, although I am not calling Shorten filth, as a unionist for more than 50 years I think I am qualified somewhat to offer an opinion on Shorten, just before Shorten got himself elected to parliament, I was part of a group at Port Kembla steelworks, we were trying to save the jobs of ten of our colleagues, we had a really good case, the commissioner at the time told us that we needed to present our case using legal terminology, we had asked head office to supply us with the necessary legal assistance, we were told that there was no money, the following week Shorten who was the secretary of our union arrived out our meeting with his entourage, travelling around the country raising his profile ready for his tilt at politics, when I tackled him about it I was abused and called a whinger, the ten men lost their jobs, Shorten got a better one, the man is a self serving snake, I suppose he is now in a job that’s suits him along with all the other politicians.
    darcy
    19th Oct 2018
    5:47pm
    Musicveg, I suggest Google Bill Shorten/Cleanevent/Chiquita mushrooms/TURC.
    musicveg
    19th Oct 2018
    5:53pm
    Don't worry I am not voting for shorten or the Libs. Still does not explain why anyone dislikes him now, does he not have a chance to improve himself, did many pollies do the wrong thing in their previous jobs? can we give them a chance to become better leaders? Seems like all pollies are in it for themselves anyway.
    roy
    19th Oct 2018
    7:13pm
    As i said musicveg, Shifty Shorten is out and out filth through and through.
    roy
    19th Oct 2018
    7:46pm
    musicveg, you are backtracking like mad, Shorten is filth, just admit it, we all make mistakes. He is only for Bill and a social climber, i.e. a champagne socialist. I wish evil on him.
    roy
    19th Oct 2018
    8:00pm
    Thanks darcy, I must remember that trick that Shifty Shorten tried to wriggle out of, he really is a piece of filth is he not, are you reading this MICK?

    19th Oct 2018
    11:59am
    Barnaby Joyce for President
    And Vicki our First Lady
    Cowboy Jim
    19th Oct 2018
    12:02pm
    An Akubra wearing beetroot for President, what a bloody laugh. Thanks, olbaid!!
    Spitfire
    20th Oct 2018
    8:49am
    I like your sense of humor
    Misty
    21st Oct 2018
    1:39pm
    You have to be joking olbaid, best joke of the day so far.
    Priscilla
    19th Oct 2018
    12:00pm
    No, we have enough destablisation with the government without making it worse!
    Rod63
    19th Oct 2018
    1:23pm
    It needn't.
    Cowboy Jim
    19th Oct 2018
    12:00pm
    Would prefer a republic after Elizabeth II but only if we the people could vote for him/her. Was in favor last time when we were asked but changed my mind when the choice shifted to parliamentarians. Who the hell wants an old politician (the one we finally managed to get rid of) back as head of state again? Might end up with another Hollingworth.
    SFR
    19th Oct 2018
    12:12pm
    Why do we need a head of State. The PM should be the Head of State. Why replace one office with another that will just cost the taxpayer millions a year & give jobs for the boys & girls.
    I would vote for being a republic but not if we just replace the GG with a Head of State & knowing our politicians will just create a bigger black hole for our money to disappear into to.
    Australia as a Republic, no Head of State, no GG, big saving for the taxpayer
    Cowboy Jim
    19th Oct 2018
    12:35pm
    Well Billy - it might have something to do with the way republics work. Every one of them has a president as head of state. As we could see here PMs changed all the time, the president stays a certain term.
    About the saving money aspect I am with you. What about doing away with the eternal pensions for ex members of the ruling class?
    Young
    19th Oct 2018
    12:10pm
    Royal visits bring joy and fun to us.
    Great for those whose spirits need a lift.The farmers in Dubbo loved them.
    Don’t know any Republic that would want to copy, especially USA.
    We are doing well with what we have thank you.
    musicveg
    19th Oct 2018
    2:24pm
    Doesn't bring me any joy or fun, I hate seeing all that money being wasted. Costing Australian's a fortune to parade them around.
    Jim
    19th Oct 2018
    3:32pm
    No mate it doesn’t cost us a fortune in fact they generate a fortune to our economy, that’s not to say we shouldn’t have a republic, if you want to look at the money generated by the royals you only have to look at the crowds that gather everywhere they go, then look at the money raised because they support many charities, match that against the heads of state that visit from other countries, especially the USA they support nothing and the security costs are probably higher than that for the royals
    Rod63
    19th Oct 2018
    5:00pm
    Don't agree they create money but yes, their charity work and promotion of great causes is wonderful.
    Ms Logik
    19th Oct 2018
    10:31pm
    Yes, ands don't forget the "romance factor" for the ladies! We ladies all like a bit a of romance and happy news about the new baby.
    There are so many horrible news on TV about a raging Trump and wars and natural catastrophies and suffering of mankind.
    Let us have a bit of a fairy tale. We need this in our world!
    Sen.Cit.90
    19th Oct 2018
    12:17pm
    Before I'd commit to a Republic change! I'd like to see/hear how the other Countries who are now Republic and once had the British King/Queen as head of State.
    Perhaps Bill Shorten would be preferred by some?
    Rod63
    19th Oct 2018
    3:37pm
    Here they are:
    Ceylon, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Guyana, India, Kenya, Malawi, Malta, Mauritius, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanganyika, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda
    Anonymous
    19th Oct 2018
    4:09pm
    Sen.Cit89 I would not think Shorten would be preferred by anyone for anything.
    roy
    19th Oct 2018
    4:29pm
    If that piece of filth Shorten was our President, the mind boggles.
    Cowboy Jim
    19th Oct 2018
    4:59pm
    You forgot the important one, Rod63 - Ireland. They can vote for the President and they got the two Marys as Presidents. Our pollies won't want that so we keep our Queen it seems. The African ones you mentioned they were better off under the King for what I have seen - I have been to most of them.
    Emps
    19th Oct 2018
    12:24pm
    I wondered when some snide anti-Royalist comment would come from this left wing online rag. I have read Your Life Choices for a long time. and have had had enough of its white anting of these and political issues. I am unsubscribing.
    Sen.Cit.90
    19th Oct 2018
    12:31pm
    I hear you loud and clear Emps; don't give in respond the way you see it; many of us are open minded and recognise your point.
    Angelique
    19th Oct 2018
    1:18pm
    Absolutely agree
    Rod63
    19th Oct 2018
    1:28pm
    The monarchist/republican divide isn't a left wing/right wing one. People from both the left and the right are monarchists and people from each are republicans.

    I wish some people wouldn't see so many things as either left wing or right wing when they are not.
    fred
    19th Oct 2018
    2:26pm
    yes , Emps I agree This publication is more often beating the left drum , just like the ABC . I will say the ABC on this occasion was accommodating of the Royals without questioning the pros and cons of their visits . Neither media has an open mind or neutral bias.
    roy
    19th Oct 2018
    4:32pm
    Stay with us Emps please. Don't let the bastards grind you down.
    Anonymous
    19th Oct 2018
    4:57pm
    Yes the constant lies and propaganda posted on here from the left can wear us righteous down
    Never let the likes of Mick and Trebor run riot on these pages
    We don’t want this country succumbing to socialists /communist thinking
    Think of our future generations
    Rosret
    19th Oct 2018
    7:15pm
    Emps the press have been anti-royal since the 1970s and the politicians love the idea of ultimate power of being a republic.
    What I am loving about the last few days is despite the media who think they control our thoughts and politicians who think what they believe is what the people want is not what the silent majority want.
    This is where social media comes into its own. The people speak - maybe not on this Labor site but certainly out there across the country.
    I can't get enough of watching the Royals - and I smile - they just make me happy.
    Rosret
    20th Oct 2018
    1:42pm
    You are right Rod, its not right wing/left wing - its predominantly the hereditary/religious bias of our ancestors.
    Swinging voter
    19th Oct 2018
    1:40pm
    The royals come here to raise awareness and support very important issues. They raise quillions of pounds/dollars for charities. In my time there have been no wars between countries that have a monarchy. There is no better example to our youth than the gracious, circumspect Queen. Unlike the ungracious politician Turnbull and other bleating, narcissists of his ilk - who would ever choose a type like those as head of our country. We even get politically appointed dud governor generals so I want to stay as we are. If it ain't broke don't fix it.
    roy
    19th Oct 2018
    4:51pm
    You forget to mention Shifty Shorten, President Shorten, God forbid.
    moama jock
    19th Oct 2018
    1:55pm
    UK and Australia will undoubtedly become a muslim republic if a republic we become much sooner than 20 years from such a disaster if it occurs.They breed like rabbitts

    QUESTION :If we were to become a Republic today who would you choose from the lists of pathetic Civic Leaders/Politicians Left Wing Academics and Unionists?

    Now be honest!!

    PS.There is nothing wrong with the Westminster system.

    Moama Jock
    Rod63
    19th Oct 2018
    3:21pm
    Why would the leader have to be a civic leader/politician, left-wing academic or unionist?
    Rosret
    19th Oct 2018
    7:26pm
    We won't become Muslim - we may become Chinese. However I haven't seen any anti- royal comments from our new immigrants. Most come from nations where dynasties, emperors, king and queens are a part of their ancient civilisations.
    Our anti-royal movement stems from the Republic of Ireland.
    musicveg
    19th Oct 2018
    2:26pm
    They cuddled a koala and no mention of the plight of koala's. So no help for wildlife from the royal visit.
    Old Man
    19th Oct 2018
    4:24pm
    Not true musicveg, they didn't cuddle a koala, they stroked it, big difference. Your knowledge of the Royals needs updating; they never get involved in local issues. Harry is here for the Invictus Games, a wonderful initiative by him.
    musicveg
    19th Oct 2018
    4:30pm
    Okay so they did not cuddle a koala, but why take photo's of captive koala's without any mention of their plight, after all did they not get involved with the plight of the drought? That is a local issue.
    roy
    19th Oct 2018
    4:36pm
    Where's that troll on steroids MICK today, not skiing already surely?
    Old Man
    19th Oct 2018
    3:05pm
    Looks like the man who wears the red bandana to cover his circumcision scar has a lot of work to do to get enough support for his beloved republic.
    MICK
    19th Oct 2018
    5:53pm
    What's in a name OM. All BS. Read my comment below.
    roy
    19th Oct 2018
    7:53pm
    Go and do some skiing MICK and stop giving me a headache on this site.
    darcy
    19th Oct 2018
    5:51pm
    The article above is most disrespectful, regardless whether it is about the Royal Family or any other group , in its' use and inference in the word "flush".

    I usually quite enjoy the Friday Flash polls.
    Rosret
    19th Oct 2018
    7:30pm
    Agreed Darcy. Would this come under the heading of social media bullying and all the nasty contributors standing around cheering on the bullies?
    darcy
    20th Oct 2018
    12:18am
    The sneering , snide headline and article represent an immature mind hiding behind juvenile rubbish they think passes for humour, Roster.
    MICK
    19th Oct 2018
    5:52pm
    People who are caught up in this total BS need to take a step back and ask WHY is football and this sort of nonsense pushed relentlessly?
    Pretty clear the elites do not want average people to focus on the political class and THIS is how you keep them distracted. Then you feed them some heavily cherry picked events and bias so that they can be convinced that the coalition is the best thing since sliced cheese.
    In the meantime the debt this lot has created for no return is astounding. And then there is climate change Work Choices under a different name.
    I really do not comprehend that people are so easily led and conquered. Time to step up to the plate, do a bit of reading other than the right wing propaganda media BS and get educated. THEN VOTE!
    roy
    19th Oct 2018
    7:43pm
    MICK, you are so easily lead, you seem to love that piece of filth called Shorten, sheesh.
    I've asked before, why are you not our PM or even King?
    MICK
    19th Oct 2018
    9:11pm
    That you heemsjerk? Same sort of vile comments.
    Never ANY valid discussion. Only vile mudslinging without facts. The territory of true brain dead party jerks!
    Enjoy life whilst you are still free.
    roy
    19th Oct 2018
    9:25pm
    Go skiing MICK and give us some peace please.
    roy
    19th Oct 2018
    9:27pm
    And go off piste and maybe not come back.
    Paddington
    21st Oct 2018
    12:17am
    Roy alias? You demanded Mick appear so you could abuse him?
    You sound like a troll repeating over and over your hatred for Bill Shorten. Just need to say things once as people don’t need it reinforced.
    Bd
    19th Oct 2018
    6:15pm
    They are welcome to visit, but they should pay their own way. I dont want to pay a cent for the bludgers.
    Bd
    19th Oct 2018
    6:21pm
    They are welcome to visit, but they should pay their own bills. Idont want to bay a cent for the bludgers.
    Bd
    19th Oct 2018
    6:22pm
    They are welcome to visit, but thy should pay their own bills. I dont want my taxes to pay a cent.
    robnlee
    19th Oct 2018
    6:31pm
    No interest
    They are just a drain on the public system
    Dianne
    19th Oct 2018
    6:54pm
    The income generated.would be greater than whst was spent. Then there is the mental health promotion that you cannot put a monetary.value on. Australians, generally have positive attitude towards the Royals.
    Rosret
    19th Oct 2018
    7:17pm
    The Royals generate millions for so many different causes. What they do and achieve is admirable.
    Rosret
    19th Oct 2018
    7:04pm
    The only thing that has really changed is the press.
    I have lived through the media being absolutely horrible to Princess Anne. Seeing the others hounded, bisected and used as the butt of Irish Catholic anti-royal movement.
    Even yesterday the female compare on Channel 7, " Do you think Meghan is the favourite?' "Do you think this generation is more affable". What horrible pointless comments.
    Charles and Diana were fantastic when they came here just as William and Catherine were too.
    As long as we are part of the Commonwealth the anti-royal comments are out of place and quite rude when we are in the middle of a Royal tour.
    etty44
    20th Oct 2018
    8:12am
    Each to their own, but it's a free world and anti-royal comments are permissible anytime, especially as the taxpayer has been footing the bill for their visits for a long time.
    I agree the press is the cause of many of the problems for the royals. However ironically the press panders to all those fawning subjects who can't get enough news of the royals. So if everyone was more moderate, the press would soon wind back its attention to the royals and move onto the next big thing.
    Rosret
    20th Oct 2018
    8:33am
    Walk in their shoes for a day. Would you like to have the comments said about them said to you?
    Its rude, its inappropriate and no matter how much someone dislikes a constitutional monarchy; we have one and we should respect the people doing their job.
    This column is totally out of place.
    Roy R
    19th Oct 2018
    7:06pm
    Why waste money on becoming a republic when the government can't afford to look after pensioners?
    Rosret
    19th Oct 2018
    7:34pm
    I would like anyone who is filling out these flash polls that they are giving the collectors progressive and complete data "about you".
    A little bit of "irrelevant data" is being ask in each survey that serves them to get a composite of the contributor.
    roy
    19th Oct 2018
    7:50pm
    I lie like mad on all surveys I complete, I even say on some that I would like Shifty Shorten as our PM even though we would be the laughing stock of the world if that happens and it looks likely.
    Lookfar
    19th Oct 2018
    8:27pm
    Thing is, the royal garbage re-inforces the Constitution, although the constitution has been vandalised by successive poiticians/political parties, recently it showed it's teeth with the section 44 getting rid of politicians that were not legally Australians. And it has a lot more teeth to protect us from Multi National Pirates, if our gutless politicians would let it.
    Let's face it, all nations are under attack from the super rich, who deny any body to interfere with their endless pursuit of money and Power, - Power over us, as the latest Trade agreement promises them.
    To the degree that the monarchy protects our constitution from the power mad super rich, I believe it would be wise to keep it. sigh..
    MICK
    19th Oct 2018
    9:14pm
    Top comment. The (so called) Free Trade Agreements which this government refuses to let us read is muted to contain the ability of multinationals with bottomless pockets to sue our government. That'll be the end of even the partial democracy we now enjoy.
    Strangely enough the media is not printing any more. I wonder why.
    Ms Logik
    19th Oct 2018
    10:13pm
    Why is everything about money??? Can't you see the joy and compassion they are creating around the country? Love them! Good luck to Harry and Meghan and the baby! :)
    Heskwith
    19th Oct 2018
    10:18pm
    I think the principle of monarchy is being hidden under the popularity idea which is so shallow. The current royal family hold their difficult position with dignity and restraint; their personal characteristics are part of the role model function which they now perform with diligence and liberal generous self sacrifice. But the poll is only covering the shallow aspect of whether they are 'popular'.. we are not kids, are we? The monarchy frees us from the meaningless total load of "nationalism"; it unites peoples under a principle that a leader, without power, is someone we honour for giving his/her life compulsorily to occupy that symbolic position beyond politics and aspiring to goodness. Old time monarchs were despots perhaps; not now, the british monarchy, the danish, the dutch.. in these days where any biased fool can be the political leader, a powerless, objective monarchy is all the more valuable and essential as a standard for political activity to measure against.
    A poll might more sensibly ask, does a benign monarchy such as we are fortunate to have, add a moderating influence, of restraint, humanity and love, to our government. Yes.
    Ms Logik
    19th Oct 2018
    10:18pm
    Love them! Megan and Harry bring so much joy to the worrld, a glimpse of light, a modern fairy tale! Positive news!
    roy
    19th Oct 2018
    10:40pm
    Hear hear.
    Heskwith
    19th Oct 2018
    10:25pm
    Thanks, but the poll was only a popstar questionnaire; it did not cover the reason underlying the popularity; ie the long tradition of compulsory life sacrifice given by an imprisoned family, in the service of the principle of leadership and moral work. The moral power of this sacrifice is steadying to the pathetic attempts of elected people, and it bestows love and humanity to the efforts of those in government, by example. Get a better poll question next time!
    etty44
    19th Oct 2018
    11:23pm
    I almost understand how the royals are admired and respected in Britain...almost...but to see Australians lining up at 4 in the morning in dismal weather to catch a glimpse of someone they don't know, and to be all faux-emotional about it, I find absolutely mystifying.
    I say the same thing about over the top reverence of movie stars, singers and sports stars too. I think people need to get a perspective about what, and who, is important, and stop the fawning reverence of people you have never met, often who have done very little and, with reference to the royals, are irrelevant to our country.
    Rosret
    20th Oct 2018
    8:39am
    Then you haven't grasp the concept of society and culture.
    Do some research into the religion of different countries around the world and you will start to understand why people need and want a common entity that can relate to and admire. Why do we build huge cathedrals? Why do we go to football matches and watch a ball go up and down a field?
    It unites us - an entire Commonwealth -1/3 of the world. It makes us feel good.
    musicveg
    20th Oct 2018
    2:03pm
    I agree with you etty44, putting people up on a pedestal just because they are "royal" and rich and want to keep their privileges does not seem healthy to me. All based on the feudal system of the medieval times. Maybe the plan is to get us all back to living as peasants.

    feudalism
    /'fju?d?l?z(?)m/Submit
    noun
    the dominant social system in medieval Europe, in which the nobility held lands from the Crown in exchange for military service, and vassals were in turn tenants of the nobles, while the peasants (villeins or serfs) were obliged to live on their lord's land and give him homage, labour, and a share of the produce, notionally in exchange for military protection.

    Rosret, I don't need any of what you say to feel good, that is for people who don't know how to be happy, their lives are not fulfilled and have to fill it up with other people's achievements instead of their own. Religion is a form of control, religion is not whether you believe in something or not it has rules and regulations (control). Still don't understand why people like watching others kick a football around either. All of it just stops you from getting out their and being active and enjoying your own life.
    cat
    20th Oct 2018
    10:03am
    Look at our polititians. God know what they'd be like if they were the top of our political tree. The Queen brings us the only stability we have.
    Rod, those bought and sold items have to be made as well If we had any sense it would be here.
    Paddington
    21st Oct 2018
    12:21am
    The royal visit is worth a fortune for our economy. These pictures go all over the world and entice people to visit Australia. The native animals have been on display. The beautiful beaches have been highlighted.
    Friendly, happy people are shown to the world. People’s spirits have been lifted by the royal visit. For those who cannot see the value then maybe have another look and think!
    musicveg
    21st Oct 2018
    12:40am
    Too bad the native animals are endangered, especially the koala's and Tassie devils.
    Rosret
    21st Oct 2018
    4:15pm
    After just watching the opening of the Invictus games in front of the the backdrop of the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge I wondered if any of the people who have said such horrible things on this post feel at all shamed faced.

    Prince Harry and Meghan came as Ambassadors of the Invictus games to be there and support the members of the armed services who, with their families, have met with life changing injuries. From all around the world they have come together, in Sydney, to live on in strength and unity.

    So save your politics for another day and be grateful for your life and your allies. Because quite frankly in just a few short days Prince Harry and Meghan have given so much hope and happiness to so many. Have you?
    LJ
    21st Oct 2018
    5:39pm
    Well said.

    There is a container ship of self-interested political drones, media 'personalities' and sundry other whining self-entitled types that the exasperated public would swap for them given the chance.


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