From a distance, there are things to envy about Britain (that part of the United Kingdom which is not Northern Ireland).. For example, as things go, it's not a very violent society. Very, very few people carry guns and probably very few people carry knives. There aren't many murders or kidnappings or kneecappings or even many armed robberies. Fewer people die in road accidents than in many other countries
But like Italy, it is absurd. Right now, my fellow citizens remind me of French geese, being force-fed to produce liver pâté. The Royal Baby is being stuffed down their throats by our newspapers and (I imagine - I don't go near them) our TV channels and radio stations. The aim is to produce the kind of greasy stupidity which - with any luck - will give Conservative leader David Cameron a majority in the 2015 Elections.
Life in Britain is constantly disrupted by the circuses mounted by the Royal Family and its outreach workers in all the Media. It's a big Family - it calls itself the Firm - big enough to ensure that there is always a death, a marriage, a divorce, a baby, a scandal, not to mention yet another Jubilee to take over from News about the weakness of the economy, poverty, unemployment or the way we prefer dogs and horses to children.
I just want you to know that there is a minority of us - maybe 25% - who are Republicans, people who dream of an elected head of state. Not a Chief Executive - not like the USA or France - but a ceremonial Head and unifying figure. Maybe like the Republic of Ireland. Someone who is just decent, competent, kind - and not trying to maintain the position of hereditary landowners,the hereditary wealthy, the Conservative Party, people on horseback, people who shoot animals for pleasure.
Best of all, without the Royal Family we would not have to fight colonial wars in order to provide photo-ops for young Princelings.