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Prince Harry in Iraq by Ellerd on 30 April 2007 11:35pm
I certainly wouldn't want to serve in his unit. It would be like having a giant target painted on you. "Kill me". Does anyone else think he's being a little selfish?
Re: Prince Harry in Iraq by johnnythemonkey on 30 April 2007 11:56pm
Not if he takes the rest of his family with him. ;)
We (the British taxpayers) will even pay for the flights!
Re: Prince Harry in Iraq by Louise on 1 May 2007 12:29am
Ellerd, I see the point you`re making. And John, I`m not a fan of the Windsors either.
However, I`d say the ghastly Harry has a right to choose his career and if other idiots want to follow him that`s their choice too.

Re: Prince Harry in Iraq by Chris14 on 1 May 2007 3:33am
I think he shouldn't be sent there for his own and his soldiers safety.

Re: Prince Harry in Iraq by geordiegirl on 1 May 2007 3:15pm
I'm with you all. If we had a sensible republican system and not a monarchy none of this would apply & Harry (and the rest of them) could follow what risky career they like & others wouldn't be affected & we wouldn't have to pay for them,or take seriously their outrageous statements and their tax affairs could be properly scrutinised, and...oh shut up Linda
Re: Prince Harry in Iraq by Gollumit on 8 May 2007 12:02am
'sensible republican system'

I think you mean a 'boring, much more expensive republican system'

I think the last point is perhaps the most constructive of all the comments that you made.
Re: Prince Harry in Iraq by tucsonmike on 8 May 2007 4:03am
How is a Republican system more expensive?
Hate to say it, boring is sometimes better. Remember the Chinese saying "May you live in interesting times." Interesting is not necessarily good.

How many people in Britain really want the monarchy to vanish? I remember my British Politics class in college many years ago. There was an MP named Hamilton whose only issue seemed to be closing the monarchy down and I got the impression, it was not very popular.

I guess certain bits have been nibbled at with powers being taken away from the House of Lords.

Again, that is a decision only the people of Britain can make.
Re: Prince Harry in Iraq by Gollumit on 8 May 2007 9:36am
Recent polls put republicanism at around 18%. On average republicanism has been anything between 25% - 10% over the last 40 years.

The Queen has very high approval ratings - in the mid to late 80's.

Like you have stated, it is a matter for the British people and the Commonwealth Realms.
Re: Prince Harry in Iraq by Gollumit on 8 May 2007 4:44pm
In Britain a republican system is more expensive because Head of State expenditure is met from public funds in exchange for the surrender by The Queen of the revenue from the Crown Estate. In the financial year to 31 March 2005 the revenue surplus from the Crown Estate paid to the Treasury amounted to £184.8 million. Head of State expenditure for 2005-06 was £37.4 million.

This means that The Queen as Head of State cost the taxpayer just 62 pence per person per year.

Head of State expenditure has reduced significantly over the past decade, from £87.3 million (expressed in current pounds) in 1991-92.

In contrast the cost of Presidents in countries such as France, Portugal, USA, Italy and India has rapidly doubled in the last 15 years.

The cost of the monarchy in Britain is counter balanced by the profits from the Crown Estate.

Re: Prince Harry in Iraq by tucsonmike on 9 May 2007 3:54am
Sounds good if it works.

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