Green leader Natalie Bennett gently trolls the Royal Baby
How does the leader of the largest republican party in Britain respond to the birth of a royal baby? By congratulating all two thousand of the day’s new parents and hoping he grows up to be an excellent head of state – if he wins an election.
I congratulate the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their son, and also the estimated 1,982 other parents in the UK who today also celebrated the birth of a child.
I hope all of the children have a healthy, fulfilling, financially secure life.
I hope that by the time this child comes of age, with the right to vote at age 16, that the hereditary principle will have disappeared from all aspects of the constitution. The new baby might then have the same civil rights and fiscal obligations as all other citizens.
I would wish the baby the same chance to become a democratically elected head of state as any other individual.
Correction: This post originally described the Green Party as “the only republican party in Britain”. This has been changed.
A future king is born today – the stomach turns, the day after Tolpuddle when we remember the centuries-old struggle to free ordinary people from the feudal yoke. Here’s to Wat Tyler, betrayed and martyred by a King’s promise in 1381 – and here’s to, one happy day, a republic of England, unfettered by hereditary privilege. Well spoken from the Tolpuddle stage on Sunday, Natalie.
Ah fair enough, I think I was just confusing things like Leanne Wood’s (brilliant) “Mrs Windsor” comments with concrete party policy
JB, while a lot of the SNP are republicans the SNP itself has no stance on the monarchy. The SNP intend to retain the monarchy after independence and it will be up to the people if that changes.
Spot on Natalie. Hopefully the fawning, sycophantic coverage all over the BBC this morning will persuade thousands more to join those of us who would like to see a republic.
@JB – fair enough re the various small socialist parties, but the SNP isn’t republican, and I think Plaid’s position is just that the people of Wales should get to decide if they want to keep the monarchy…
Best comment I’ve seen so far from a party leader, spot on! But not “the only republican party in Britain” as you quote (Plaid, SNP,the many socialist parties about)
Link to a vid of her interview and comments here:
So well put. I congratulate you.