A guest post by barrister Nikki Pender.
Brian Rudman’s column in the NZ Herald today, A Charade of Heirs and Graces, made me think.
An obviously devout republican, Rudman says:
How a liberal-minded modern politician can see any form of inherited monarchy as 21st century is beyond me. Especially one living in a realm on the other side of the globe from the home of said royal head of state. Suggesting this law change is a victory for human rights is a joke as far as ordinary Britons and New Zealanders are concerned. It doesn’t help any one of us becoming head of state of the democracy we live in.
But don’t we in fact enjoy a meritocratic constitutional monarchy?
No one forces us to remain part of the Commonwealth nor to retain the Queen (and her descendants) as Head of State. If there was general, popular support for a change it could be effected relatively swiftly. But there is no popular support. Which is another way of saying that the majority of Kiwis consider that the Queen deserves her position. And those who succeed her know that they too have to meet the same high standard – and ward off any competition – otherwise they’ll be dumped.
And frankly, who else on the planet has been trained from birth to fulfil what is a lifelong tour of public duty?
It works for me.