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Pledging allegiance to the Saxe-Coburg-Gotha family

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Fellow Commonwealth commoners rejoice, for Prince Charles is set to blossom into King Charles III at his coronation ceremony this Saturday! His wife will become Queen Camilla.

It would seem an opportune time for ’Stralia to consider its future, given the significance.

At what point does this country become a grown up, learn how to budget, cook and clean for itself and leave home?

While we rummage under the couch for a sense of maturity and identity, the Windsor family, as they are now known, have enormous influence on Australia as our ‘Head of State’. 

The Constitution provides the Governor-General powers to act in the interests of the UK monarch. 

The GG can, and does, intervene with Australian affairs. 

It happened in 1975 with the Gough Whitlam dismissal.

Current Governor-General, David Hurley, secretly appointed the former Liberal PM to multiple ministries a few years back. 

This was only made public after Murdoch-employed courtier ‘journalists’ – Simon Benson and Geoff Chambers – went public with that info to sell their shitty book.

Hurley has avoided any real scrutiny or consequence for this act, which in a just world could be considered treason, because it undermines democracy and enables tyranny. 

If that’s not a good reason to abolish the position of Governor-General, then what is? 

Another reason, perhaps, is that Hurley’s wife, Linda, has a fondness for a bit of a sing-song at functions and insists guests participate. 

Anyway back to the Saxe-Coburg-Gotha family. 

King George V (1865–1936) changed his family name from Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to Windsor in 1917, because pledging allegiance to a German king while being at war with the Germans is a confusing message. 

Thankfully, for the king, the British subjects forgot, weren’t told, or just didn’t care because they were busy with World War I. 

Perhaps this was the greatest flaw of his faithful British subjects – they valued loyalty over common sense. 

As crazy as the French are, they would never have put up with that.

A guillotine would be rolled out in a heartbeat.  

The Brits, on the other hand, seem to need a figurehead to look up to, and are unwilling to search for the kingdom within. 

For Saturday’s king-and-queen coronation, The BBC reports that the public are invited to swear allegiance to the king and his heirs. 

In response, The Australian Republic Movement proposes its own pledge:

‘I swear that my loyalty is to the Australian people and Australian values of equality, democracy and meritocracy. 

‘I pledge to stand against hereditary entitlement and commit to the realisation of these values in our Constitution so that all elected offices under the law, including our Head of State are accountable to the Australian people. 

‘As I pledge today, I look forward to the day when Australia’s Head of State is also bound to swear loyalty to us, rather than the other way around’.

Hans Lovejoy, editor

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19 COMMENTS

  1. The cabinet chooses one of their mates to be the Governor-General.
    King George V changed his family name over concerns of racism.
    Echo staff have issue with hereditary entitlement?

  2. I would support a transformation to an Australian republic IF it were based on the Swiss model (which contains a considerable degree of participatory democracy and has no all-powerful president). However, I will never support our transformation to a presidential republic along US lines – that would be no improvement whatever.

    The Australian Republican Movement seems to want a presidential republic. Hell will freeze over before I support that disaster.

    • I was referring to Editor Lovejoy II who wrote the article. His dad started the Echo. It’s a media dynasty. Like the Murdocks. But green and poor.

      • ‘Green and poor’. Oh dear. Can you please say who you are in real life so we know why you hold such negative views towards me? Was it something I wrote that affected you?

        • You and David have ‘Murdoch money’? Do Aslan and Nicholas? Echo Publishing is less green than News Corp? You’re less green than Lachlan? If you find it an insult to be seen as poorer and more of a greenie than Murdoch Jr, I can totally help you fix that. We can leverage the whole ‘anti-war’ vibe in the articles, into a sponsorship bidding war between Raytheon and BAE systems. I have some old associates. For a small fee, I can help.

        • Hans, our Christian is confused as to who he is nowadays.
          Those recent extra add on titles to import gravitas, then we see at the end he’s really just an everyday fella from…kmart.

        • Poor as in ‘
          “Support The Echo
          Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.
          Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.”

          Do you deny that the Echo is tinted dark Green?

  3. The former Prince of Wales is already King Charles the third. The coronation is just to give the hoi polloi a few bells and wishes as a reward for their ongoing belief in fairy tales- and to splash some cash

      • The parliaments are just to give the hoi polloi a few bells and wishes as a reward for their ongoing belief in fairy tales- and to splash some cash

        • Is that what it’s for? Well I feel cheated there. The bells and whistles of parliament are pathetic compared with Saturdays effort. And there isn’t even a quiche knees-up afterwards let alone a concert!

          I want my money back!

  4. As a young para military I lined up outside Truro Railway Station (Cornwall) to wave my Union Jack as QE 2 visited in 1953. It was raining and I felt sorry for my fellow Wolf Cubs but before we had WTF my view of The Royal Family was formed. Charles was The Duke of Cornwall, siphoning untold millions from my home count(r)y, one of the poorest parts of Europe.
    I emigrated to Australia but couldn’t escape the House of Windsor. I learned about the dodgy dealings around the demise of Gough Whitlam.
    Now I’m asked to swear allegiance to the descendent of robber barons and sponsor of global genocide.
    Go Eff yourself Charlie Boy.
    Well said Hans!

  5. Spud Dutton’s Noalition, under direct orders from usual suspects in the Murdoch “After Dark” media says, the coronation does not have enough detail, if you’re not sure about detail, just say “NO to the Coronation”?

  6. Obviousley Mr Hans Lovejoy has no respect for the democratic will of the Australian people who voted in a referendum to retain the monarchy. He has no mention of this in his article and so not representing a balanced view point.

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