I tend not to weigh in on political topics, because they usually devolve into shit flinging flame wars that are completely pointless and arbitrary opinions of the "us and them" flavor.
That being said, I was skimming Hizang's thread on the 4 day weekend of the Queens Diamond Jubilee and came across a post by Moreau_MD:
Working...but, to be honest, I find the fact that we still have a monarchy (powerless though it may be), and this whole event in general, nauseating. This isn't helped by the fact that the Windsor family are all thick as shit, yet have had undeserved adoration and wealth bestowed upon them since the beginning. It's embarrassing that we're in a recession that has cost many their jobs and purpose in life, and yet, we still spend millions to see an old biddy, her inbred ghastly progeny, and her two dogs float down the Thames...
This makes me curious as what it is that's keeping the so-called powerless Monarchy present in Britain besides tradition and the disruption of government, I suppose, and what your general street level consensus is and why. I'm not saying this as flame bait, I just have no personal opinion on it since it doesn't directly affect me and I'm not living in Britain, ergo I have no standard of comparison, but I'm genuinely interested. I have to say, though, that when I occasionally skim through C-Span and manage to catch coverage of the House of Commons, I find it very entertaining for some reason.