I think the national anthem for aBritish Republic could be 'AllTogether Now' by The Farm, whichacknowledges past conflicts andencourages us to rise above them.Our motto might be simply 'We ThePeople'. The title of our republiccould be The Republic of Britain or The Three Nations Republic or evenThe United Republics of Britain.Phil McNallyBolton
There are those who do not wantLand of Hope and Glory or anythingrelating to God as our nationalanthem.Maybe "I Vow to Thee My Country"might be acceptable. I'm afraid Icannot remember who composed thishymn. It happened to be PrincessDiana's favourite. We could havehad her as our President! The Irishseem to have done very nicely withtwo super lady Presidents.Maureen Gobener Hampshire
We recently visited the Holbeinexhibition at the Tate Britain and,earlier, the Rembrandt at theDulwich. Both contained items"graciously lent by Her Majesty theQueen".None of these items ought to bereturned to the royal storehouse. Allought to be on permanent publicdisplay.How about the building becomingthe London equivalent of the Louvre?Then all the art works the Queen"owns" could be enjoyed by thepeople. The National Gallery couldshare the space to show some of itsnon-shown treasures too.Ralph GordonEssex
I wonder if Gordon Brown’sproposed written constitution will be ademocratic constitution.George SmithSuffolk
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Although Republiccontinues to facesignificant hurdles, notleast of which isfunding, I believe theorganisation isheading in the rightdirection and makingprogress.As you'll see fromthis edition of
, Republic’sBoard of Directors has given the goahead to an ambitious new project,one which I believe will help driveRepublic forward for the next fewyears. The project is itself democratic, optimistic and dynamic,and is centred on the idea thateveryone can participate directly inshaping the reform agenda, settingpriorities and laying out the pros andcons of reform. By using thisroadmap to chip away at theconstitutional props that support themonarchy, we’ll be steering thedebate toward creating a sense of inevitability about Britain becoming arepublic. It is an ambitious project,and I hope we will be able to counton your support over the comingtwelve months.My optimism was maintained at theRepublic Spring Conference inManchester. The location wasentirely fitting: one hundred yearsago this year Emma Goulden, whowas born in Manchester, moved toLondon with a singular ambition – toget the vote, not just for herself butfor all women. We all know her better as Emmeline Pankhurst.Manchester has long beenrenowned for it’s radicalism. It’simportance on this road to better democracy led to the Peterloomassacre. On the day of the springconference many were celebratingthe 75th anniversary of the masstrespass on the moors aroundManchester that led, eventually, tothe ‘Right to Roam’ legislation.At the conference membersdisplayed a really positive attitudeduring the debates and discussionsand were enthusiastic about what wecan do to raise funds and recruit newmembers and were keen to discussthe arguments we employ tochallenge the monarchy. A number of ideas were brought forward fromour discussion groups - ideas aboutstunts Republic can use to gainpublicity as well as how memberscan support the campaign.I've also been watching withinterest the continuing successionfrom Tony Blair to Gordon Brown,and Brown's recent commitment toconstitutional reform. This couldn'thave come at a better time for us.When our new Prime Minister starts adebate about the nature of thatreform, we'll be there from the outset,making the case for a republicanconstitution. And that debate willcoincide nicely with our own roadmapproject, helping to make our campaign that much more relevant tocontemporary mainstream politicaldebate.Republic has a lot of work to do toreally make a difference to thiscountry’s attitude to the monarchy.But we’re making progress, gainingmedia attention and new supporters.To paraphrase Churchill, we may besome way from the beginning of theend, but I believe we’ve seen the endof the beginning of this campaign.Now the hard work begins.
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