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Intelligent Answers => The Debating Lounge and Speakers' Corner => Topic started by: antonymous on 17 September, 2015, 10:03:25 AM

Title: Republicanism in the UK........
Post by: antonymous on 17 September, 2015, 10:03:25 AM
........a hypothetical question.
Labour win the next election and with a large majority pass a law amending the constitution for England creating a democratic republic.
The first President has to be elected by at least 60% of the electorate - who would you vote for out of all the possible candidates who can be chosen from any English person from any section of the population, not just politicians?
Title: Re: Republicanism in the UK........
Post by: Duffield1 on 17 September, 2015, 12:21:42 PM
Victoria Wood, with Julie Walters as vice president.
Title: Re: Republicanism in the UK........
Post by: antonymous on 17 September, 2015, 01:14:34 PM
Victoria Wood, with Julie Walters as vice president.

An interesting ticket.

What about Vince Cable/Billy Brag VP
                                                (http://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/libdems/pages/8076/meta_images/original/key_Vince_Cable.jpg?1426346386)
                                                                                                                                (http://i100.independent.co.uk/image/11456-159dhlb.jpg)
Title: Re: Republicanism in the UK........
Post by: Hiheels on 17 September, 2015, 06:26:28 PM
David Brown, AKA Dave from Boyinaband.
How refreshing it would be to have someone who isn't afraid to look at things anew and make some useful changes.
Title: Re: Republicanism in the UK........
Post by: imfeduptoo on 17 September, 2015, 07:23:47 PM
I'd vote for Richard Branson, I think he'd make an excellent president and John Humphries as vice president.
Title: Re: Republicanism in the UK........
Post by: antonymous on 17 September, 2015, 10:33:01 PM
David Brown, AKA Dave from Boyinaband.
How refreshing it would be to have someone who isn't afraid to look at things anew and make some useful changes.

Some hot tips here Heels  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yvhd8PVCxtU

Nice hair though! FPlm
Title: Re: Republicanism in the UK........
Post by: antonymous on 17 September, 2015, 10:53:52 PM
I'd vote for Richard Branson, I think he'd make an excellent president and John Humphries as vice president.

OOPS! John Humphries is Welsh is he not?  'Fraid he isnt eligible, unless he becomes naturalised.
Title: Re: Republicanism in the UK........
Post by: imfeduptoo on 17 September, 2015, 10:59:09 PM
I'd vote for Richard Branson, I think he'd make an excellent president and John Humphries as vice president.

OOPS! John Humphries is Welsh is he not?  'Fraid he isnt eligible, unless he becomes naturalised.

I thought it would be OK as he was only the vice president.
OK - I hadn't thought about his nationality!
Title: Re: Republicanism in the UK........
Post by: Hiheels on 18 September, 2015, 07:17:22 AM
David Brown, AKA Dave from Boyinaband.
How refreshing it would be to have someone who isn't afraid to look at things anew and make some useful changes.

Some hot tips here Heels  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yvhd8PVCxtU

Nice hair though! FPlm

Ah, you obviously missed the stir his video "Don't Stay in School" caused. He laments what useless things schools teach rather than things to actually equip people for life. Have a look on YouTube for the original and then some of the reaction videos - I won't post a link because, as so often, comments can be a bit ripe, particularly when some miss the point that the title refers to subjects rather than pupils.

Lyrics are here https://www.musixmatch.com/lyrics/Boyinaband/Don-t-Stay-in-School#
Title: Re: Republicanism in the UK........
Post by: antonymous on 18 September, 2015, 08:40:30 AM


Ah, you obviously missed the stir his video "Don't Stay in School" caused. He laments what useless things schools teach rather than things to actually equip people for life. Have a look on YouTube for the original and then some of the reaction videos - I won't post a link because, as so often, comments can be a bit ripe, particularly when some miss the point that the title refers to subjects rather than pupils.

Lyrics are here https://www.musixmatch.com/lyrics/Boyinaband/Don-t-Stay-in-School#
Gd_pst
Yes, I did miss out on that. The lyrics are really relevant and strong and I commend this song to the house. ;)

He can be the Minister for Education in Jeremy's cabinet if he can beat this guy at the general election
(http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Images/Content%20Images/People/Prospective%20Candidates/john-glen.ashx)
John Glen. Member of Parliament for Salisbury.
Its up to you!

 Birmingham-based political junkie and party hack, Labour member and activist and a Councillor for the City of Birmingham, representing Acocks Green ward.says  "John Glen MP is an inhuman, insensitive ba****d."
http://politicalhackuk.blogspot.co.uk/2011/02/john-glen-mp-is-inhuman-insensitive.html
Title: Republicanism in the UK
Post by: Maxowerma on 06 April, 2016, 04:04:20 PM
You scored: 743 / 1500 not bad for one that who nothing to do with the "oilsardines-pushers" like we say
Title: Re: Republicanism in the UK
Post by: antonymous on 06 April, 2016, 05:13:26 PM
You scored: 743 / 1500 not bad for one that who nothing to do with the "oilsardines-pushers" like we say

Who is 'we' and who are the 'oilsardines-pushers - and what does this  post mean? ......743/1500 ?
Title: Re: Republicanism in the UK........
Post by: Hiheels on 06 April, 2016, 06:27:57 PM
A very relevant question, Ant.
Title: Re: Republicanism in the UK........
Post by: Cosmos on 06 April, 2016, 10:43:08 PM
To go back to the original question I would suggest that whoever is picked as a presidential candidate should have lived and worked in a country that was a republic at the time.
Title: Re: Republicanism in the UK........
Post by: P-Kasso2 on 24 May, 2016, 03:58:32 PM
Very interesting question!  I can't help thinking that Britain should choose a President in the same way they choose their president in Iceland.

Instead of electing a career politician the only thing the Icelandics ask is that it should be a good person... and one who actually has the increasing welfare of the country at heart.

So, in the last forty odd years or so, they have notably elected as President a woman who taught French and worked with experimental theatre...and a man who specialised in research into pagan burials in Iceland...and a lawyer...and a man who was a lecturer in political science.

We couldn't do better than that. So I'd like to see absolutely anybody as president. Except a politician!
Title: Republicanism in the UK
Post by: AaronDieKs on 10 September, 2017, 03:38:57 PM
I think its about time she retired. And then they wrap the whole monarchy thing up for good.
Title: Re: Republicanism in the UK
Post by: P-Kasso2 on 10 September, 2017, 05:21:57 PM
I think its about time she retired. And then they wrap the whole monarchy thing up for good.

Not sure about that, Aaron. Lord knows I am no monarchist but having a figurehead such as our present queen at least allows us to dicker around with various totally useless PMs.

But I agree with you totally about Mrs Maggie May (sorry, Theresa May). I'd have even preferred Giles Brandreth as PM. Anybody in fact - except the liars and self-seekers we seem to be constantly lumbered with.

How about, just for once, we get a PM who actually puts the country before themselves? And who actually will do anything to see this country thrive in the next few years even if that means going against 'party lines' and seeing themselves lose office?

Time for a little truth and honesty to make a refreshing comeback into British politics?
Title: Re: Republicanism in the UK........
Post by: siasl on 11 September, 2017, 10:52:29 AM
A PM putting the country first? Unthinkable. Fuhrer May is attempting to grab as much power as possible, so she can ignore parliamentary review - I did like the dissection of the Brexit Act by that QC fella, fingers crossed a few Tories grow a spine and vote it down, as it will remove any last semblance of democratic process from govmt mechanics.
Title: Re: Republicanism in the UK........
Post by: moonzero2 on 02 December, 2018, 11:10:04 PM
Just look at America, and forget the whole thing.