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Republic Magazine | 2011 | Issue 2

  1. 1. TH E V OI C E OF T H E REPUB LI CAN M OV EM ENT 2011 • Issue 2 • FREEUnprecedented mediacoverage wins thousandsof new supportersRepublic’s pro-active media campaign brought the newspaper also published a special feature on message to an international audience of ‘We were always expecting lots of media interest as we’dmillions over the royal wedding weekend. made that a priority,’ says Republic’s campaign manager The ‘Not the royal wedding’ street party, Republic’s Graham Smith. ‘But it’s fair to say we didn’t anticipate theflagship event on the day of the wedding, was attended by huge level of interest that we received. We were doingover a thousand republicans and featured on all of Britain’s back-to-back interviews for 48 hours!’major TV channels. Channel 4’s Jon Snow, Sky’s Adam But Graham is eager to point out that media exposure isBoulton and a crew from BBC’s The One Show visited the not an end in itself. ‘The reason we placed such emphasisparty to speak to Republic activists and supporters, as did on the media is that it is thejournalists from around the world. Republic spokespeople single most effective wayspent all day giving interviews to reporters, with many of recruiting membersvolunteers and party-goers also speaking to the press. and reaching new The unprecedented exposure drove tens of thousands audiences,’ he explains.of republicans to Republic’s website, Facebook page and ‘Now we must turn allTwitter feed. Many had never heard of Republic before: ‘At this new support into Page 2last, a pressure group that campaigns for exactly what I’ve practical action.’ Media round upbeen wanting to see for years,’ said one new supporter. ‘We’re looking forward to Page 3 Republic’s media profile had increased steadily since even more intensive campaigning In our lifetimeJanuary, when a steering committee of volunteers first met as we prepare for jubilee year and Page 4to plan a republican response to the wedding. In the run work towards getting rid of the Republic needs YOUup to April 29 Republic’s team of staff and volunteers were monarchy altogether by 2025.’ July 9 conferencefeatured on BBC2’s Newsnight and Daily Politics, Channel4 News and Radio 4’s You & Yours. The Independent See ‘Media round-up’, page 2. details inside
  2. 2. MEDIA ROUND UP Royal wedding special Republic’s ‘Not the royal Heseltine on BBC2’s Daily wedding’ street party was Politics. Graham also took featured on Sky News, BBC’s part in special editions of The One Show, CNN, Al BBC Radio 4’s You & Yours Jazeera and Channel 4 News. and The Moral Maze. It was also reported by The Daily Mail, Daily Mirror, The A week before the wedding, Guardian, The Observer and The Independent magazine The Daily Telegraph. published a three page Republic’s campaign also cover feature on Republic’s reached an international In the run up to the wedding, royal wedding campaign audience through Republic’s Executive Chair committee. widespread coverage in Emily Robinson participated the Australian, Canadian, in a live Channel 4 News On the day after the European and US media, debate on the future of the wedding, The Daily Express including the John Stewart monarchy while Graham warned William and Kate to Daily Show (pictured). Smith, Republic’s campaign beware of Republic, which manager, discussed it described as ‘increasingly republicanism with Michael vocal’ and ‘growing rapidly’. CONTACT REPUBLIC Other news Republic Campaign Graham Smith and Suzanne Republic is conducting Campbell took part in research into the recent Suite 14040 debates at a number of AV campaign to see what 145-157 St John Street schools and colleges over lessons can be learnt about London EC1V 4PY recent months. More talks winning referenda and large are planned in the coming public campaigns. T: 020 7608 5742 weeks. Republic membership will Supporters in Wales have remain at the new low rate held the inaugural Republic of just £5 for the foreseeable Wales meeting. Republic future. Friends and family can Wales has been set up to join easily online at support our campaign across Wales and in the devolved assembly. More meetings are As this magazine goes to ned up to Are you sig planned for Cardiff and north print we’ll be campaigning ail list? Wales. on the issue of royal finances, Re public’s em with a protest planned for eould b Our new Republic 2025 June 25. Revised estimates If not you c nt on importa campaign was announced now put the cost of the missing out s vitation at our meeting on April 30 monarchy at around £200m updates, in ign actions. and will be formally launched a year. and campa later in the year. or ss. www.repu Sign up at with your email addre contact us2
  3. 3. In our lifetime Graham SmithOn April 30 we held the 2nd convention of the want to change?Alliance of European Republican Movements. That masks the largeAt the end of the meeting I announced the number of indifferentsoon-to-be-launched Republic 2025 campaign, people who can’ta new campaign that will encompass all that we see the point indo over the coming months and years as a way change but aren’tof making it perfectly clear that we mean to bothered about theachieve our aims. monarchy either. And Republic 2025 is about laying down a marker, a lot of that supportstating unequivocally that this is not an intellectual is wrapped up in theexercise, that it is a real movement for change. Queen herself.By setting down a date we create a focus for our A poll published bycampaign and for our supporters, we put it into the Guardian a weeka context and into a timeframe which people can before the royal wedding suggested around 25%relate to. thought we’d be better off without the monarchy. As well as the palace and the media one of That’s an increase during a time of saturationthe biggest obstacles we face are republicans coverage of the royal family and the wedding.who say “well I agree, but it won’t happen in my Over the past 10-15 years the British people havelifetime”. Well I simply ask: “Why not?” It has to become a lot more small-r republican than everhappen in someone’s lifetime, why not ours? This before, by which I mean we see ourselves muchisn’t something that will one day simply ‘happen’; more as citizens with rights rather than passiveit is something that must be made subjects, literally subject to a higherto happen by people who believe authority. The expenses scandal,in the cause of good democratic “It has to happen in freedom of information laws,government. debates about the House of Lords Over the past decades countless someone’s lifetime, and devolution have all heightenedsocial and political changes have why not ours?” a sense of a need for change and ahappened within the span of a few belief that change is possible.short years. Major upheavals have In this climate of changingtaken place over a matter of months. Just last attitudes and in the context of the ever-loomingyear few would have predicted Mubarak would be succession we have growth of republicanousted as president of Egypt any time soon. Ten movements in Europe and the Commonwealth.years ago most Americans would probably have Never before in the modern political era, has theresaid they were 20-30 years away from electing a been such an active, moderate and mainstreamblack president. In the 1980s gay rights and the republican movement. Here in the UK we’re seeingenvironmental movement were minority interests thousands of people sign up to our campaign atthat secured little political support, now they are a time of an avalanche of royal PR, across Europeaccepted by all mainstream parties. Big things republican movements are being established andhappen, and they happen quickly. are growing – and of course are coming together There is no reason why Britain can’t throw off the to share ideas and tactics. In the Commonwealthburden of our deeply undemocratic political system this is an issue that simply won’t go away.and vote to write a new republican constitution in For all these reasons and more we can believethe next 15 years. The opportunities to make the it is very possible to achieve change in our lifetime,case have never been better, but we need to work well within our lifetime. But it’s change that won’tnow to make the most of those opportunities. just ‘happen’, it’s change that has to be made to A lot of the public’s support for the monarchy happen, and that comes down to you and all thoseis indicated in polls which only ask one simple in the country who aspire to see Britain become aquestion: do you want the monarchy or do you genuinely full-blooded democracy. For more news from Republic go to 3
  4. 4. needs YOU Dear supporter, Republic’s royal wedding campaign was a huge success and our profile has never been higher. Now we need you – your skills, your enthusiasm, your commitment – to keep the momentum going and help us achieve real change. The Palace is preparing for an all-out PR assault during the Jubilee year, and we must be ready to fight back. We have to send a very clear message to the monarchy – and the vested interests behind it – that Britain’s republicans are more organised, motivated and unified than ever before. There has never been such a great time to make the case for a fully-functioning democracy. We’ve already planned a number of events for the coming months, and we’re looking for your help to organise more talks and debates around the country. There is also lots you can do to help Republic throughout the year, either as a local activist or a volunteer with the national campaign team. We have only got this far thanks to the energy and enthusiasm of ordinary republicans who want to see real change. And we can only win the fight for real democracy with your continued support. There are more than 10 million republicans like you in Britain – can you imagine what we could achieve if we all worked together? Emily Robinson Executive Chair, Republic Republic Wales and Republic Scotland Following the success of our royal wedding campaign we have re-launched Republic Scotland and Republic Wales. These groups have been set up to mobilise republican activists within Scotland and Wales, help us lobby within devolved politics and build support across the UK. Both groups have new websites – and – where you can find out more, get in touch and sign up to their Facebook pages. We are keen to hear from anyone in Scotland or Wales who would like to be involved in the groups, as a committee member, media spokesperson or activist.4
  5. 5. Forthcoming events See full details at Conference: Challenging the jubileeJuly 9, 2-5pmDirectory of Social Change, 24 Stephenson Way,London NW1 2DPOur 2011 Annual Conference will focus on our new campaigns thatwill lead us into the Jubilee year.The John Campbell Lecture, with keynote speaker Michael Mansfield QCOctober 4, 7pmCentral London venue to be confirmedIn October this year we’ll be hosting the inaugural John CampbellLecture, in memory of our former Chair who died last year. We aredelighted to announce that Michael Mansfield QC, campaigninglawyer and distinguished supporter of Republic, will be the keynotespeaker for the evening.Annual General MeetingOctober 29Central London venue to be confirmedOur AGM is an opportunity to hear reports from staff and directors and to discuss campaign strategy.Members and guests only.VolunteeringAs we prepare for our 2012 jubilee campaign we are looking to take on a team of volunteers whocan help with a wide variety of jobs and projects.If you would like to help with our activities please read through the list below and get in touch withthe relevant contact person.See the full list of volunteer opportunities at need professional photographers or skilled amateurs who can work on a number ofphotographic projects, including studio work and live event photography. We’re particularly keento find someone who has access to a London-based studio. Please contact Graham Smith on07747 608 770 or email organisersOur volunteer events team always needs more help from people with experience in event-management. Please email Jen Gingell at designersWe have an increasing need for professional graphic designers who are able to put in the time toproduce a variety of work for online and print formats. If you are interested please contact Grahamon 07747 608 770 or email builders and developersWe need experienced web builders and developers with a good knowledge of PHP and MySQLor who are experienced with setting up and developing systems such as Drupal and civiCRM.Please get in touch with Graham on 07747 608 770 or at Join the debate at 5
  6. 6. Police under pressure to answer questions of republican arrests Republic is seeking an urgent meeting with Republic campaign manager Graham Smith. ‘The senior Metropolitan police officers after reports police are there to serve and protect the people, of peaceful republican protesters being pre- not to serve and protect the interests of the royal emptively arrested and released without charge family and their supporters.’ over the royal wedding weekend. Meanwhile, Republic supporter Julian Huppert Republic has previously raised serious concerns MP is seeking answers from the Metropolitan police over statements from Commander Christine Jones, over the arrest of Charlie Veitch, a constituent who who oversaw the wedding security operation. Her planned to protest at the wedding. ‘I am anxious comments suggested police officers had sought to to find out more about the circumstances behind silence republican protests. Mr Veitch’s arrest and the intelligence on which the ‘We must receive assurances from the police police acted,’ Huppert told his local newspaper. that the rights of republicans are equal to those of ‘We cannot allow free speech and peaceful protest monarchists and everyone else in this country,’ said to be criminalised.’ Republican MP defies ban on discussing royals in Parliament Paul Flynn MP, a distinguished supporter of the convention, which dates back more than 800 Republic, is planning to use a ‘nuclear option’ to years, by tabling a substantive motion criticising get round the ban on discussing members of the Andrew. royal family in Parliament. ‘I hope MPs of all parties will fall in behind me. Flynn was stopped from raising questions about It is ridiculous that MPs are prevented from doing Prince Andrew’s conduct by Commons Speaker their job,’ Flynn told his local newspaper. ‘This is a John Bercow, as the Parliamentary rulebook key issue, involving vital trade contracts, which we forbids such debate. Now Flynn plans to sidestep should be examining.’ Can you help us find an office? Many Republic supporters don’t realise that all our staff and volunteers currently work from home. But Republic is growing – and we’re soon going to need permanent London headquarters. We not only require office and meeting space for staff, but also a base for volunteers and somewhere to hold media interviews. This will become absolutely vital as we prepare for our jubilee campaigns. If you think you might be able to help with the provision of free or budget office space or would like to contribute to the cost of a commercial premises please contact Graham Smith on 07747 608 770 or email
  7. 7. Republic takes royal bias fightto BBC TrustRepublic has submitted a formal complaint tothe BBC Trust Editorial Standards Committeeover the corporation’s coverage of the royalwedding. The complaint accuses the BBC of breachingits agreement with Parliament to ensure thatcontroversial subjects are treated with dueaccuracy and impartiality and that a wide range ofperspectives are given due weight. ‘By breaching the agreement in this way, the BBChas implied that monarchism – in reality a highlycontested political viewpoint – is uncontroversialand universal,’ the letter says. Representatives of Republic met with BBCbosses in March to discuss their concerns and, The complaint quotes BBC journalist Raymondas a result, republican views were featured more Snoddy who admitted on his blog that ‘much of theprominently on Radio 4 in the run up to the wedding. coverage was fawning and irredeemably trivial …But Republic has told committee members that the It was an event that was ring-fenced with normallyvast majority of the coverage was ‘characterised by tough journalists asking no questions, certainly nota complete absence of journalistic scrutiny’. tough questions.’European republicans gather toplan ‘monarchy-free continent’Republicans from across Europe met in London Graham Smith. ‘We’re confident that over the nexton the day after the royal wedding for the decade or so we’ll see public opinion move moresecond Convention of the Alliance of European and more in our direction. With our EuropeanRepublican Movements (AERM). friends also campaigning for democratic change The Convention was hosted by Republic and our movement will be that much stronger.’attended by republicans from the Netherlands, The Swedish royal wedding, like Britain’s, led toBelgium, Denmark, Norway and Sweden. Delegates a surge in support for Republikanska Föreningen,explored opportunities for sharing expertise and the republican campaign in Sweden. ‘A royal eventresources, pursuing joint campaigns and offering makes people reflect on the institution of monarchy,mutual support. and in Sweden many arrived at the conclusion that The AERM was launched in Stockholm last year, this is an outdated and rather bizarre phenomenon,’at the time of Swedish Crown Princess Victoria’s said Helena Tolvhed, a director of the, to create a network of republican You can find out more about the AERM atmovements in all the European countries that to have monarchs as their heads of state. ‘Since the AERM was launched we’ve beenbusy sharing experiences and swapping ideas withour European counterparts,’ explained Republic’s Help us create a democratic Britain by making a donation at 7
  8. 8. 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.