I saw an interesting argument shared, a few days earlier, about the monarchy and the money it costs. Calvin Hodgson, a politics student from Chester, argued that it is morals, not wallets, we should be convincing, when talking about republicanism.
Last month, the Royal College of Nurses (RCN) voted to go on strike if the next government – whatever it would have been after the 8th June General Election – decided to keep the below-inflation 1% pay cap for public sector workers. Beyond pay, it’s important to look at what the long-term impacts of chronic underpay of key workers leads to.
A society can be divided when it cannot decide collectively on the direction it wants to go. Within the UK, Northern Ireland has been one of the more divisive regions, with divisions being formed along religious, political, monarchism/republicanism and community lines. This division turned into violence, with harrowing consequences. In some countries, democracy is seen as a mob that is self-interested and imposes a tyranny of the majority without establishing a consensus. However, in a mature democracy like the UK, clear wins in elections are accepted as creating a mandate for whatever action the majority voted for, and there is a consensus that minorities should be protected by their elected representatives.