Royals or Republic?
During royal tours I think that if sycophancy was an Olympic event then New Zealand would be a medal prospect. Dave Artmstrong The Dominion Post
Born to privilege
Editorial by Roger Childs
Imagine these scenes at Wellington airport last week. Will and Kate Windsor and their baby from Scunthorpe, arrive in New Zealand for a holiday. They’ve been saving for over a year.
Squashed in cattle class, they’ve flown for 20 hours from London. There is a15 minute wait to get off the plane, another 20 to get through the passport check, 20 minutes more in customs then another 15 flocking round the carousel to get their luggage.
Then it’s on the airport bus to get to their Newtown motel.
William, Catherine and Boy George
Nanny has got the baby, so they walk down the steps to the cheers of the waiting crowd. They smile and wave, and are whisked off in a sleek limousine, to the comforts of government house.
A different arrival experience compared to the Scunthorpe Windsors, but of course William Duke of Cambridge, was born into royalty.
A king or a president?
As a country we need to do some serious thinking about who heads our political system.
We claim to be an egalitarian society but when we look at the huge differences in incomes, living standards and housing there is evidence that it is not so. Nevertheless we do have a democracy of sorts, but the head of state lives on the other side of the world.
The country is currently going crazy over the royal visitors and the media is particularly sycophantic.
There is no question that Will is a nice chap, Kate is quite sweet and George is a bonny lad. However we taxpayers are paying for this privileged, wealthy family and their entourage, to visit our fair land.
Time to run our own show
Surely it’s time to break the last political ties with Great Britain, run our own show and save some money. Let the royals from any nation come and stay without any palaver and at their own expense.