Thursday, March 16, 2006

The Queen in Australia: a long goodbye?
The monarchists (more) usually don’t appeal to identification with Britain but rather argue in libertarian fashion that HM Dominions are freer with a weak head of state who lives far away than with a native president. But some ex-dominions like India have a parliamentary president whose job is the same as the governor-general — a figurehead — except he or she doesn’t represent the Crown.

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