I would like to add my voice toRepublic’s campaign to mitigate theBBC’s clearly biased report tocovering the royal family. I havealready seen the internet page thatyou have created, and I have justtoday written to Points of View toexpress my dissatisfaction with thissituation; is there anything more I cando? (
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I’m just writing to say how much Ienjoyed October’s AGM. It was agreat opportunity to get to know other Republic members, and the speakerswere all very interesting to listen to.As I was born near Tregaron, I wasglad to see Leanne Wood havingsuch a prominent role and providingsuch a good voice for Welshrepublicans.David WilsonLincoln
I heard some of the remarks at theAGM a couple of weeks ago, andwhat the fellow said about the newwarships has had me thinking. Howabout we at Republic have a go atgetting the Admiralty (or whatever itmight be calling itself these days) tore-open the consultation? I’ve signedthe petitions on the Downing Streetwebsite, so I was thinking that weshould draw up a petition along thoselines, and see how many people wecan get to sign up.Sandra StephensBristol
Did anyone else see the news aboutthe Queen’s visit to Romsey? Thetotal bill for the three-hour visit, takingin Romsey Abbey, a walkaboutparade and service at the town hall,was £58,000. This included £5000for a new toilet for Liz! What ascandal! And yet still some localpeople said it was all worth it. I don’tknow who’s worse - the royals for wasting our money, or people like theRomsey councillors who said theywere too embarrassed to cancelwhen they realised the true cost.Gary BillingsLiverpool
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It was a pleasure anda privilege to be ableto meet many of our members at the recentAnnual Conference. Itwas a particular pleasure because thisconference was anopportunity to tellmembers more aboutour exciting plans and ambitions for the coming months and years.As Graham Smith told the meeting,the Board of Directors recentlyadopted a five year developmentplan, which includes campaigningstrategies, financial targets andoutlines our growth as anorganisation.In 2005 Republic received asubstantial legacy which has allowedus to employ staff and expand our activities. The Board of Directorsmade the conscious decision tospend the bulk of this money over a3-5 year period, in order to establishstrong foundations upon which tobuild for the future. This singlecontribution has made a hugedifference to our campaign. Now, inlight of our plans for the next fiveyears, Republic has secured newfunds to employ a full-time fundraiser.We are confident that the new
as the postwill be called, will be able to bring inthe funding needed for us to meetour targets.The development of our plans,which include growth of paid andvolunteer staff, increased members,better media exposure and thelaunch of a major new campaignproject, is particularly well timed.With Australia now returning to thequestion of their own head of state,the future of the monarchy will bethrown into sharp focus. As Grahamargues in this edition of
, thedebate will not stop at the shores of Sydney Harbour, it will rumble onaround the world, triggering movestowards a republic in Canada, NewZealand and, we believe, back herein the UK.
The Australian movement is justone reason we are optimistic aboutthe future of our own campaign. Withthe new plans for growth and fundingin place, Republic is preparing amajor new campaigning initiative:
. This project is aimedat kick-starting a national debateabout the process of reform whichwill lead to the abolition of themonarchy. It is intended to allow usto side-step any sentimentalitypeople have for the Queen and tocreate a sense of inevitability aboutthe prospect of a British republic.Developed with the assistance of marketing and campaigningprofessionals,
is anexciting project, and one I’m sure willput Republic squarely on the map of public political debate.Of course we’re not there yet. Allour plans rely on our ability to attractthe funding we need to continue thecampaign. The next five years willprovide Republic with excitingopportunities, and substantialchallenges. We believe we’re readyto meet those challenges head on.
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