Republic Magazine - 2011 - Issue 11


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Republic Magazine - 2011 - Issue 11

  1. 1. TH E V OI C E OF T H E REPUB LI CAN M OV EM ENT 2011 • Issue 1 • FREEWidespread disinterest inroyal wedding as Republicis busier than everRepublic has seen a huge surge in interest since the is a grudging indifference from the vast majority and someannouncement of the royal wedding in November, positive coverage from the ever-loyal BBC.’attracting hundreds of new members, thousands of Public opinion is turning off the royal family with pollsnew supporters and overwhelming interest from the and surveys showing widespread disinterest in the royalinternational media. wedding. The Observer, among The Republic website, others, has reported recordFacebook page and Twitter profile numbers of bookings for flightshave been busier than ever with out of the country and pollingrepublicans joining, donating and has shown a majority have nopledging support. An army of new interest in marking the weddingvolunteers have come forward to day. The Observer reported:offer their skills to the cause and “On Oxford Street yesterday,journalists from around the world a shop owner who didn’t wanthave visited Republic activists to to be named admitted thatfind out more about their plans there was little interest in Kate/for the wedding day. Wills memorabilia. Tourists were ‘We’ve been struggling to buying union-jack-emblazonedkeep up with demand,’ says Cathy products for their kitsch appeal.Elliott, Republic’s administrative Paula Hilton, 26, from Lancaster,assistant. ‘Every day we have in London with her mothermore new members, merchandise Elizabeth, 56, for the weekend,orders and enquiries from people was buying her son a model ofwho want to get actively involved.’ a London taxi. “I wouldn’t comeRepublic now has more than twelve thousand supporters near London on the day,” she said. “I’ll have a look at theand expects to see that number grow steadily up to and dress in the paper or whatever, but I’m not invited so I’mbeyond the wedding day. not watching!” The response is far removed from the predictions of On announcingmonarchists – and a few republicans – who predicted Republic’s own eventsthe royal wedding would be bad news for the republican Graham Smith toldmovement. It appears that the PR campaign orchestrated journalists: “Theby Buckingham Palace, and shored up by Parliament and problem the palace isthe media, may have backfired. going to have to come Page 2 ‘For the first time in years people have begun to think to terms with is that Media round upcritically about the royal family and the monarchy,’ explains most people are no longer Page 3Republic’s Graham Smith. ‘All those people who never had interested in the royals. That Investigation into Andrewmuch time for the royals have been motivated like never leaves the field open to Republic Page 4before to do something about it. And in a 24-hour news to make the case for change in Republic wedding eventsworld where tension, debate and fresh angles keep the a positive and engaging way Page 7cogs turning, we’ll have more opportunities than ever to and this is a great oppor- Republic’s Palace protestget our message across. The best the palace can hope for tunity to do just that.”
  2. 2. MEDIA ROUND UP Republic calls for investigation after The Republic team’s trip to trying to abolish Her days after he ordered troops string of allegations against Andrew Stockholm to find out how Majesty? Off with their to fire on pro-democracy the Swedish Republican wigs!’ said the demonstrators – was a to dictatorial regimes in the Middle East and the Movement capitalised on pseudonymous diarist. ‘catastrophic error of blurring of his public and private interests. anti-monarchy feeling at the judgement’. “It is clear that the continued speculation time of their royal wedding The internal VisitBritain about the Duke’s friendships, business interests was reported by The correspondence obtained by Roy Greenslade reported and professional conduct risks bringing UKTI, the Independent. Republic – which revealed on Republic’s Buckingham Department for Business and the Foreign Office royal weddings have Palace protest against the into disrepute,” the letter said. The Times included a previously had a negative monarchy’s exemption from “Had any one of these allegations been made two-page feature on impact on tourism – was freedom of information rules against another public official, such as an MP Republic’s plans for the reported by The Guardian on his blog for The Guardian. or civil servant, they would result in immediate royal wedding, later reprinted and mentioned by Republic The protest was also covered suspension followed by an internal investigation in Canadian newspaper supporter Joan Smith in her in detail by The Observer. and quite probably resignation or dismissal.” The Ottawa Citizen. Independent on Sunday Republic’s response to Labour MP Chris Bryant called for Andrew to be column. The Daily Mail’s Ephraim continued speculation dismissed from his trade role during an emergency Hardcastle column focused The Guardian, The Express surrounding Prince Parliamentary session on the Libya crisis, but was on the three QCs on and The Telegraph all Andrew’s role as trade reprimanded by Speaker John Bercow, who said Republic’s supporters list: reported Republic’s view envoy was reported by Republic has lodged a formal complaint with UK references to the royal family in Parliament should Michael Mansfield, Geoffrey that the Queen’s decision The Guardian, The Trade & Investment calling for an investigation be “very rare, very sparing and very respectful”. Robertson and Anthony to invite the King of Bahrain Telegraph, The Daily Mail into a string of damaging allegations relating to Republic branded Bercow’s intervention “a Scrivener. ‘Queen’s Counsel to the royal wedding – just and The Express. Prince Andrew, the organisation’s ‘trade envoy’. disgrace”. The complaint highlights recent reports Andrew’s role is officially voluntary, despite concerning Andrew’s friendship with the convicted costing the taxpayer around £700,000 in food, sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, his personal links drink, travel and hospitality expenses. CONTACT REPUBLIC Republic Campaign Suite 14040 Republic heads to Oslo as plans for 145-157 St John Street London EC1V 4PY ‘monarchy-free Europe’ take shape T: 020 7608 5742 Representatives of Republic travelled to Oslo in March to meet colleagues from the Alliance of European Republican Movements and to mark the formal launch of the Norwegian republican movement. The Alliance is formed of republican organisations from Spain, Republic relies on the financial the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Norway and Sweden, support of republicans like you. who share resources and expertise with the ultimate aim of a ed up to ‘monarchy-free Europe’. A re you sign Every donation, no matter how A range of campaigning topics were discussed, including email list? Republic’s working with the media, lobbying politicians and fundraising, small, will make a huge difference. while delegates made plans for future collaborative projects and ould be If not you c nt joint initiatives. Graham Smith was guest speaker at the launch on importa missing out event which was attended by local members as well as BBC radio. vitations Donate online at updates, in Republic’s Graham Smith with Max Hermansen ign actions. or call 020 7608 5742 The next meeting of the Alliance will be held in London on and campa Saturday April 30th, the day after the royal wedding. from the Norwegian republican movement or w.republic Sig n up at wwh your email address. wit contact us2 For more news from Republic go to 3
  3. 3. ‘Not the royal wedding’ republican street party WEDDING EVENTS Friday April 29th – 11.30-4pm Earlham Street, London WC2 See for details Join us in central London on April 29th for Republic’s ‘Not the Royal Wedding’ alternative street party. We’ve taken a ‘traditional’ royalist street party as our Republicans may be immune to ‘royal wedding fever’, but they are inspiration, but there will be one key difference – we’ll be celebrating democracy and people-power rather than determined not to repeat the mistakes of previous generations of anti- inherited privilege. monarchists by sniping from the sidelines. With food, stalls and entertainment, Republic’s alternative street party is sure to be a fun day out. But there will also be a very serious message – Britain’s 10 million republicans won’t be ignored, and “Royalists would like nothing more than for republicans to live up to the stereotype of snarling, we certainly won’t be hiding. We’re out and proud and determined to succeed! cantankerous killjoys,” explains Dr Emily Robinson, executive chair of Republic. “That’s why we’ll be using the opportunity to show that there’s a strong, positive alternative to the monarchy.” Party-goers will have the opportunity to discuss the campaign with republican activists and find out how they can get involved in a real movement for change. Inspired by the Swedish Republican Movement, which received a huge boost when Crown Princess Victoria married in Stockholm last year, Robinson hopes that British republicans will be similarly motivated to take part in a national day of action. Three events across two days will celebrate republicanism, raise awareness of the republican movement and act as a launch pad for a stronger and louder campaign. ‘Love Republic’ party and fundraiser “Our advice to republicans who are sick of the wedding is: please don’t flee to France!” she implores. “Come to one of Republic’s events, organise your own or celebrate Britain’s proud Friday April 29th – 7:30pm onwards tradition of radicalism and democratic reform in some other way. This really is a huge opportunity Borough Bar, 10-18 London Bridge Street, for the republican movement!” London SE1 Tickets £8. See for details Republic is proud to host a night of top music and Can’t make it to London? Wedding Appeal entertainment to conclude the royal wedding day in style. We’ve hired a whole bar right by London Bridge station for the occasion, and we’re lining up a schedule of live We want to see big crowds at our London bands, comedy fun and special surprises to make sure the events, but if you can’t make it to the capital Our plans for the roayl wedding have republican shindig outshines all the rest. don’t worry, there’s plenty you can do to support attracted a lot of media attention, now we our campaign – we want to see republican need you to help us make this opportunity The party kicks off at 7.30pm and goes on ‘til late, with a DJ from 10pm. Tickets are strictly limited to events in front rooms, pubs and town halls a great success for our campaign. 250 which will all be sold in advance. Unfortunately we can’t allow entry on the night without a ticket! across the country! If you’re tired of the saturation coverage of Cardiff, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow the wedding, the fawning BBC reports, the If you live in any of these cities and would like sycophantic politicians and the endless hype then support our appeal today and help us to organise a Republic event for the day of the royal wedding then please get in touch with challenge this nonsense. European Alliance Convention Sophie Deboick at In Your donation will make a difference, however these cities we will offer additional assistance to much you can afford: Now is a great time to Saturday April 30th – From 2pm anyone wanting to organise events. be a republican and the wedding is a great Directory of Social Change, 24 Stephenson Way, London NW1 opportunity for us to press ahead with our Elsewhere in the UK campaign. So please dig deep and support If you live elsewhere our DIY pack gives A public meeting and press conference, held the day after the wedding, where we will announce our our Wedding Appeal! ambitious new plans to rid Britain of the monarchy. you practical advice and pointers on how to organise a party or event in your local area. The Please donate at: We’ll be joined by republicans from all the large European monarchies – Spain, the Netherlands, pack is available to download from Belgium, Denmark, Norway and Sweden – our friends from the Alliance of European Republican or by emailing Sophie Thank you for your support. Movements, aiming for a monarchy-free Europe. at Read what we’ve got to say at 5
  4. 4. BBC bosses meet with Republic Republicans stage Palace to discuss ‘pro-monarchy bias’ protest against royal secrecy A delegation of republican activists met with The letter urged BBC executives to re-categorise Republic supporters defied a ban on protesting Heather Brooke, wrote to deputy prime minister BBC executives after Republic accused the the monarchy as a “controversial subject” within outside Buckingham Palace by holding a ‘flash Nick Clegg to urge him to open up the monarchy broadcaster of “widespread and institutionalised its editorial guidelines, a step which would ensure mob’ demonstration to highlight the monar- to public scrutiny. bias in favour of the monarchy”. more rigorous standards of impartiality and broader chy’s continued exemption from freedom of in- “The message of the protest was very clear: the In a letter to David Jordan, the BBC’s director of representation of republican views. Republic says formation rules. level of secrecy surrounding the royals is indefensi- editorial policy, Republic said that the Corporation’s it will pursue the matter through “parliament and The protestors, surrounded by national and world ble in a modern democracy,” said Republic director “fawning” coverage of the monarchy, especially the courts” if the broadcaster does not address its media, held placards saying ‘What have they got to Jayde Bradley, who co-ordinated the protest. since the announcement of the royal wedding, concerns. hide?’ and ‘End the royal secrecy’. Police officers “Nick Clegg is currently expanding freedom of has had the effect of “excluding, offending, The letter noted that since the announcement chose to let the protest go ahead, despite rules information rules – there is no good reason why he disparaging and marginalising” Britain’s ten to of the engagement in November the BBC News which outlaw demonstrations outside the palace. shouldn’t include the monarchy in those changes.” twelve million republicans. website has published over 100 stories related The royal household, unlike every other public This demonstration was the first time that “It is clear to us that the wedding is being used to the royals, many of which simply relayed authority, has always been exempt from the Republic has been able to hold a protest outside as part of this continuing PR campaign to shore up information provided by the palace press office. Freedom of Information Act – and the coalition the Palace without being moved on by police. support for the monarchy,” the letter said. “It is Only one made any substantial reference to government recently moved to make that “That’s a very significant step for our campaign appropriate for the palace to provide opportunities Republic or republicanism. exemption absolute. and we plan to hold many more demonstrations in for their supporters to join in any celebrations The letter was reported by BBC Radio 4 and Five On the day before the protest, distinguished the future,” said Bradley. they may hold. What is not appropriate however Live news, as well as The Daily Mail. “If the BBC is supporters of Republic, including constitutional law More protests, to be held at various times and is for the BBC to join in those celebrations, to not prepared to change its approach then we’ll look expert Professor Adam Tomkins and campaigner days, are planned over the coming months. allow itself to be co-opted by the palace press at all options, including legal action,” Republic’s office or to abandon its usually high standards of Graham Smith told journalists. “The BBC’s standards impartiality when reporting an event such as the of impartiality are usually extremely high – we simply royal wedding.” want to ensure it applies them to the monarchy.” Quango’s secret emails: royal weddings are bad for tourism Don’t be a mug – buy one When the wedding of William and Kate was announced in November last year, Britain’s national warning went unheeded, however, and the agency continued to make unsubstantiated claims about tourism agency VisitBritain confidently told the press the wedding’s impact on tourism. Royalists are spoiled for choice when it comes to wedding that the event would bring “a major boost to tourism Staff also confirmed that VisitBritain has “never memorabilia - stamps, spoons, crockery, even condoms. and the British economy”. The claim commissioned any specific research But for republicans there can be only one wedding was repeated by VisitBritain’s chief into the link between tourism income souvenir: Republic’s ‘Not the royal wedding mug’. executive Sandie Dawe in a number and the monarchy” despite claiming of broadcast interviews. in its wedding press release that But emails released to Republic “Britain’s Monarchy is a crucial part under freedom of information of the appeal this country offers as a Launched the day after the engagement was announced, rules revealed that previous royal tourism destination”. the mug has proved a surprise hit, with the initial order weddings have actually reduced “VisitBritain is supposed to selling out in days. Republic has secured more stock, and tourism income. As VisitBritain be an independent and credible a warehouse from which to distribute it, but anticipates prepared to issue a press statement tourism body,” Republic’s Graham running out long before April 29. celebrating the wedding announcement, the Smith told The Guardian, “yet it has apparently agency’s head of research and forecasting David flatly contradicted its own internal evidence so it With all proceeds going to fund republican campaigning Edwards cautioned colleagues that “the evidence can play along with this fiction that the monarchy over the coming months, this mug is more than just a points to royal weddings having a negative impact – and specifically the wedding – is a boost for the memento – it could help to brew a revolution. on inbound tourism, not a boost.” Edwards’s tourism industry.” Go to to gets now.6 Help us create a democratic Britain by making a donation at 7
  5. 5. Introducing Republic Republic’s publications Find out more about the argumentsRepublicans are people like you who simply want what’s in favour of realbest for Britain. Our campaign is supported by ordinary constitutional change.hard working people from all corners of the countryand from all walks of life. We are united in a belief inresponsibility, aspiration and, above all, democracy.We want a democratically accountable head of state and an end toany constitutional role for the royal family.We advocate keeping our parliamentary democracy but replacingthe unelected monarch with a directly elected,ceremonial and constitutional head of state.Republic is a campaigning pressure group.Everything we do is aimed at persuading ordinarypeople – and our politicians – to support ademocratic alternative to the monarchy. Find out more at MEMBERSHIP FORM1. YOUR DETAILSName . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Address and postcode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...........................................................................................................................................................Telephone number . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Email . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2. YOUR MEMBERSHIP RATEOur standard membership rate is £24 but you can pay anything above our minimum of £10 (£5 for students).I wish to pay £24 £50 £100 £__________3. YOUR PAYMENT METHODWe accept payment by credit/debit card or cheque. Please make all cheques payable to ‘Republic’.Credit or debit cardName on card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Card type Visa (Delta/Electron) MasterCard Switch Solo JCB (no Amex or Diners)Valid From/Issue number ������ ������ Card number ������ – – – ������ ������ ������ ������Expiry date mm/yy ������ / ������ 3 Digit Security Code (back of card) ������ ������ ������ ������4. RETURNPlease return to a Republic representative or send to Republic Campaign, Suite 14040, 145-157 St John Street, London EC1V 4PY. © Republic 2010. Republic Campaign Ltd is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee operating under the name ‘Republic’. Registered Number: 05891072. Registered Address: Suite 14040, 145-157 St John Street, London EC1V 4PY. Designed by Stuart Ogier All photos of the British Monarchy © The Royal Household.