Queen's cabinet visit reveals "feudal heart" of UK politics
Republic has reacted to the Queen's visit to this morning's cabinet meeting. Spokesperson Graham Smith said: "Inviting the Queen to attend cabinet is a PR stunt, but it's a highly symbolic one - it's a powerful reminder that Britain's political system is feudal at heart. The government should be thinking of ways of opening up the political process and putting more power in the hands of the people - this sends exactly the opposite message." "At the end of a year that has seen continual revelations about Prince Charles's political lobbying, the idea of inviting an unelected monarch to sit in on the business of government seems particularly inappropriate. Let's hope Charles doesn't get any ideas and think he can start attending cabinet every week." "Instead of fawning over the Queen, David Cameron should ask why the royals are exempted from freedom of information rules, why Charles has a veto over legislation and why hard-pressed taxpayers are spending £200m every year on one of Britain's richest families."
Like what Republic does?
Unlike the royals, Republic can't guarantee its funding - we rely entirely on the support of people like you, people who care about Britain's democracy.
If everyone who reads our updates and follows our campaigns became a member or supported us with a donation – we'd be well on the way to achieving a democratic alternative to the monarchy.
Don't want to join or donate at this moment in time? No worries! You can sign up for free email updates to keep up to date with all our latest campaigns and events.