British politics has seen tumultuous changes over the past four years. While the question of Brexit and who will govern for the next five years appears to have been largely settled, there remains a crisis of confidence in the political system.
The royals are no longer immune to effects of that crisis, with recent events in parliament exposing the Queen to criticism and prompting serious debate about royal powers. And of course Prince Andrew continues to avoid proper scrutiny having plunged the monarchy into one of its most serious crises for more than 20 years.
January sees the official launch of The Man Who Shouldn't Be King. You can now watch the trailer on Republic's new Youtube channel. Next year we'll be working with volunteers to develop the channel into a regular source of commentary and information.
Our Where You Live tour kicks off on January 27 with an event in Douglas, Isle of Man. That's followed by Bristol on January 31 a debate at the University of Kent on February 13 and a visit to Hull on February 22. We're hoping to be in Plymouth and Truro on the 27 and 28 March. More events will be announced early in the New Year.
You can find all Republic events listed at www.republic.org.uk/events.
And don't forget our annual Members' Day is on March 14.
With the constitution staying on the political agenda and the looming succession maintaining interest in the future of the monarchy, 2020 should be a good year for Republic. We'll be recruiting volunteers in the New Year, in the meantime you can get involved on Twitter and Facebook and you can always donate to Republic's Where You Live project or to help promote The Man Who Shouldn't Be King.
Have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year!
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