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Down with the Royals By Joan Smith

Down with the Royals by Joan Smith

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Joan Smith topples the arguments for having a monarchy in this biting polemic.

Down with the Royals Summary

Down with the Royals by Joan Smith

When Prince George was just eight weeks old, the Evening Standard declared him to be 'the most influential person in London'. He couldn't even walk, let alone talk. Yet one day he could become head of state, whether we like it or not.Joan Smith argues that it has become nearly impossible to question the existence of the monarchy. Articulate republicans are drowned out while the supercharged PR and media machines ask only who designed Kate's dresses.Smith topples the arguments for having a monarchy, one by one. The royals don't provide a boost for tourism, and their deliberately opaque accounting conceals the truth about the huge burden they place on the public purse.And she exposes darker truths. These symbols of so-called impartiality have hidden power and influence. Not only does Charles regularly lobby government ministers but - far from the sycophantic reporting of Kate's baby bump - the royals have dined with despots with blood on their hands. Are these people really fit to be the public face of a modern country?Ultimately, Smith declares that the monarchy - undemocratic, unaccountable and shockingly expensive - has no place in modern Britain.Provocations is a groundbreaking new series of short polemics composed by some of the most intriguing voices in contemporary culture and edited by Yasmin Alibhai-Brown. Sharp, intelligent and controversial, Provocations provides insightful contributions to the most vital discussions in society today..

About Joan Smith

Joan Smith is an English novelist, journalist and human rights activist. She is the author of the Loretta Lawson series of crime novels and is co-chair of the Mayor of London's Violence Against Women and Girls Panel.

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GOR006645607
9781849548298
1849548293
Down with the Royals by Joan Smith
Used - Like New
Hardback
Biteback Publishing
2015-03-16
128
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The book has been read, but looks new. The book cover has no visible wear, and the dust jacket is included if applicable. No missing or damaged pages, no tears, possible very minimal creasing, no underlining or highlighting of text, and no writing in the margins

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