8 reasons constitutional monarchy is the best form of government

1) Having a Monarch unites the people

A figurehead represents the people: politicians represent only their party, not the entire nation. As such, a Monarch can steer them through the hardest of times — take George VI and Queen Elizabeth during WWII. Their presence enabled Londoners to deal with the Blitz, and with Buckingham Palace taking hits, they understood how the locals felt.

2) Constitutional Monarchy means stability

Governments come and go — they can even be toppled — but Monarchy endures. The continuity a Sovereign brings to their country ensures stability through a single figure, who often has the power to intervene should a situation require it, assisting in running the state as part of a system of checks and balances.

3) Monarchy is cheaper than a republic

We’re not going to explain funding of the British Monarchy to you again — you can read all that here. But presidencies generally cost A LOT more — we only need mention President Trump’s continued visits to Mar a Lago, estimated to cost $1–3million per go. The French President costs £103.5 million, and this article puts the presidency of the nation of Italy in the region of £193 million per year, functioning in a similar capacity to a Sovereign, with a Prime Minister running the government.

4) Countries with Monarchies are less corrupt & more trusting

Politicians are always said to be untrustworthy — making promises before an election, then going back on them afterwards. Polls show that now, more than ever, politicians are not considered to be trustworthy. Petra Schleiter and Edward Morgan-Jones suggest that governments with constitutional monarchies are more likely to consult their people with early elections, in comparison to both appointed and directly elected presidents.

5) Monarchy is good for the economy

Former Bank of England rate-setter Tim Besley wrote a paper suggesting countries with ‘weak executive constraints’ that went from a non-hereditary leader to a hereditary leader (ie a Monarchy) increases the annual average economic growth of the country by 1.03% per year — that is a lot!

6) Monarchs have morals — their job is for life

Heirs to the throne are usually raised to know their position and to learn the ropes of their future job. This makes them more experienced than the politicians who govern the country.

7) Constitutional Monarchy makes sense

Governing a country is hard work — just look how soon new leaders start showing their greys! Separating the positions of Head of State and Head of Government means that the work-load is split: ceremonial work at home and abroad (such as handing out honours, hosting and undertaking State Visits) is taken care of by one party, meanwhile, the Prime Minister can focus more on running the country.

8) Important causes and issues are highlighted

Royals can highlight the need for debate on certain topics through their charitable works, whilst remaining above politics. Prince Charles, for example, has been campaigning on environmental issues for decades, and Diana, Princess of Wales, managed to shift opinion about AIDs, and her work saw land mines banned internationally. Currently, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry are attempting to remove the stigma surrounding mental health. Would these things happen otherwise?

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