Should The British Monarchy Be Abolished?
The Monarchy has been in Britain for many centuries. Is it time now for it to go?
I accept this challenge and will be primarily basing my views for this debate on the monarchy's positive effect on the British economy.
I first want to thank balacafa for debating this with me today.
He claims in his opening statement that the monarchy has a positive effect on the economy. I would like to know his reasoning for this as it is not a view I share. Overall the poeple of britain pay 35million per year to fund the queens wealth. This is money that could be spent on the economy, on helping refugees or on any number of things more useful than a rich womens lifestyle. We have many homeless people in our country, we have many children living in poverty yet its still acceptable to spend this sort of money pointlessly.
Just so it's clear I assumed that R1 was acceptance so that is why I didn't elaborate on that point.
Here is why the British monarchy should not be abolished ...
The royal family costs each UK citizen 66p yearly. The amount of tourism they bring in is immense. So for of cost of rougly £40M annually, the royal family brings in about £176M to the UK treasury. And that does not include the money made by restaurants, hotels, cabs and stores. I think that is what is considered to be a good investment.
The Royals make Britain unique in a world that has, for the most part, abandoned Royal lines in favour of democratic, federalist or communist government.
The charitable contribution of the Royals is undeniable. Their time and donations to charitable concerns has brought light to issues such as AIDS, Land-mines, and poverty - while encouraging other prominent citizens to follow their lead. Diana, Charles, William, Andrew and Edward have been Role Models.
Within Britain, the members of the royal family must remain unbiased in their political affiliations. They are Secular and should remain so, so as not to be pulled into political debate, elections, or to draw for and against opposition.
Other Monarchies are doing well
Any modern debate about monarchies inevitably revolves around the British royal family but Norway, Sweden, Belgium, Denmark, Luxembourg, Spain, the Netherlands and Japan, among others, all maintain their royal families, and most are immensely popular.
And those countries are clearly doing something right, as you’ll constantly find them near the top of development indices. The top four counties on the IDHI, one of the best methods of judging a country like a prize pig at the county fair, are all constitutional monarchies, and there are 11 in the top 20.
We could argue about this issue all day, if we didn’t have better things to do. But when it comes down to it, the Royals are an integral part of Great Britain’s national identity. Britain without the royals would be like France without wine, or Russia without horrific human rights abuses. No wonder the majority of Brits believe they’re a key part of what it means to be British.
Also the queens mansions could be sold for a enormous price that may outsize any profit gained from tourism.
You then say that the royal family makes Britain unique but over 25 other countries still have monarchs. Thats not unique.
Your point about about the royal families charitable contributons is not one I will challenge.
There is no definite proof in your next point that the royal families are behind these countries (in your next points) success but there is a link between them.
You then move on to national Identity and as you rightfully point out we could discuss this all day but I am not proud of a country that has kids in poverty and people on the street that still spends nearly 40 million on a very rich women's lifestyle.
Although this is slightly irrevellant my final point is that you saying the premier league has only three good teams is wrong. Leicester city 4 da win!!!! Sorry about that it was off topic.
== R2 Rebuttals ==
I understand that Britain pays approximately £35 million on the monarchy but if you do the maths that is the equivalent 52p per person and therefore although the total addition of all that money may appear to be a lot it actually isn't if you do the maths. Secondly, I doubt that you will concede this point so I will reiterate my point in R2.
"the royal family brings in about £176M to the UK treasury."
That is huge compared to how much the Queen costs us. We receive over 400% of the amount that we pay to the Queen back to benefit our economy.
The rest of my opponent's R2 argument has already been refuted since this is the only point that they talk about in this round. Actually, the money that we make back from the Queen helps us to help refugees and homeless people more than if we removed the monarchy to attempt to save money.
== R3 Rebuttals ==
Actually you do have proof that the royal family brings in a huge amount of money via the statistics and the reliable sources that prove them to be true. My opponent has provided 2 solutions here so I will respond to both. My opponent has provided a solution a and b.
Solution A - We turn Buckingham Palace into a museum.
This is a ridiculous idea. Firstly, my opponent has failed to provide a statistic to show how expensive making it into a museum will be but I do not need a source to prove that it will be expensive. Where will this money come from? This theory cannot be considered without any details provided as to why and how this will actually work and make money. There are other museums. What will make this one unique?
Solution B - The Queen's mansions could be sold for an enormous price"
Whilst it is true that Buckingham palace can be sold for almost £1 billion you need to work out how much the Queen actually earns. Since we are rounding up the Price of Buckingham palace it is acceptable to round up the Queens annual revenue. If the Queen makes approximately £200 million annually then £1 billion will be met it only 5 years. In the short term £1 billion will appear to be great however it will be spent quickly and we would make much more in the long term. Considering that when the Queen eventually passes away she will have an heir.
I said that the royal family is unique because it is the only country to have a monarchy out of over 25 other countries.
My opponent has failed to provide rebuttals to many of my points and has only responded to the points that they appear to have chosen at random. There are spelling mistakes in my opponents argument.
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