Ok, so as everyone knows the UK has a monarch the queen as the head of state. It is a rule divided between herself and parliament, thanks to the Restoration, which followed a slight disagreement between two halves of the country, cheerily described by one historian as the most blood-thirsty conflict ever to take place on British soil. The question I want to ask is this: what does everyone think about the British monarchy? Are the British monarchy actually important, or are they an archaism that should have gone a long time ago? I'm going to be honest here, I'm what in Britain is called a Republican. A Republican here is someone who wants to see the UK as a republic, and get rid of the monarchy all together - it has nothing to do with the American Republicans. Being completely honest I find the monarchy is the most embarrassing fetish my country clings to in the name of 'tradition'; and while I like tradition in a cute, antiquarian sort of way, I have no interest in a tradition running a country in the modern world.