Maybe this fuss over expenses canbe an opportunity for Republic. Noone has their snouts in the trough asmuch as the Windsor familyMike BickleyCumbria
I thought the Spring Conference wasvery enjoyable. I think it would begreat if more members can getactively involved in the campaign intheir local area. Can we use theinternet more to put people in touchwith each other?Gillian CravenSomerset
The standards campaign is anexcellent idea. I can’t believe peopleare complaining so much about MPsspending taxpayers’ money on moatsand second homes when the Windsorfamily have been abusing thetaxpayer for centuries. How manyhomes and moats do they have?I just hope we can get this exposedwith the freedom of information lawsthat exposed the MPs’ expenses.Lawrence GoodallEdinburgh
The information on Republic Day isinteresting, but can we make more of it next year? Perhaps with morenotice and more information moremembers will get involved.Can I suggest we provide postcardsto all members so they can sendthem to their MP for Republic Day2010? I expect we’ll have a lot of new MPs by then, so maybe we’ll getsome different responses.What are we doing about gettinglocal groups organised? Now’s thetime for action right across thecountry! Scotland is a good start,but we need more groups andactivists in towns around the UK.Bill EmeryLondonIn Britain, power still belongs at thetop – with the crown and the palace of Westminster – unless our rulers deignto "devolve" some of it outward.
—When it comes to the little things likedeclaring war and peace, dissolvingparliament and ratifying treaties, allpower lies with the monarch.
—I think it's one of the greatest mythsthat the monarchy has put forward...it's just patently false. The monarchyhas immense constitutional power.
Professor Adam Tomkins
—One of the notions of a democracy isthat you elect those in power and youcan remove them if they abuse it.Fundamentally, it's aboutaccountability.
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Republic Scotland sets upSteering Group
Republic Scotland took another stepforward recently when a meeting of volunteers and activists established anew Steering Group.The group met at the University of Glasgow and will next meet at a venuein Edinburgh in early June.Volunteers have agreed that a numberof tasks and jobs need to be sharedout among members, including mediacontact, political lobbying, onlineactivism and events coordination.There was a strong feeling that someaction needs to be organised as earlyas possible and the June meeting willwork on the details of any proposalsthat come forward.Meetings are to be held once a monthand if any Republic members orsupporters would like to attend youshould get in touch with GrahamSmith at the usual address or email.Once a Scotland coordinator has beenagreed contact details will be postedonline.