Peter Whittle Monarchy Matters

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Monarchy Matters

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2012 sees the Diamond Jubilee, the 60th anniversary of the Queen's accession. Such an important historical event will certainly be celebrated with the enthusiasm which greeted her Silver and Golden Jubilees - an enthusiasm which on those occasions took much of the country by surprise. Elizabeth II is now an institution in herself - widely respected, and held in great affection. It could be the biggest Jubilee yet. But what about the monarchy itself? In this robust defence of the institution, Peter Whittle, the writer, broadcaster and director of the New Culture Forum looks at the continuing advantages of the monarchical system, and explores its current state of health. He describes its unique ability to act as a binding force in an increasingly fragmented society - a function which will surely grow in importance in the coming years. He explores the extent of public support for the institution, which, contrary to received wisdom, remains remarkably stable and unchanging despite what has become a largely antipathetic cultural atmosphere. He argues that Bagehot's maxim that the monarchy couldn't survive if daylight were let in on magic has proved false, and that its survival after a period of unprecedented crises and media scrutiny is testament to its strength. He describes the ongoing benefits of a monarch as an impartial, non-political Head of State, at a time when the institution has been buffeted by a cultural onslaught from the left on one side and the impatience of free-marketeers on the other. He looks at the future, and the safety of a throne occupied by Charles III or a William V. Finally he makes some suggestions as to how the upcoming Diamond Jubilee might be celebrated - and why it offers a great opportunity for an increasingly atomized society to come together.

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Peter Whittle is founder and director of the New Culture Forum. A writer and broadcaster, he has contributed to numerous newspapers and magazines, including the Sunday Times, the Sunday Telegraph and the Los Angeles Times. He is the film critic and a feature writer for Standpoint magazine. His extensive TV and radio work includes regular appearances on BBC 2's Newsnight Review and The Review Show, Radio 4's Moral Maze, and Sky News. He was the host of the UK's first internet cultural analysis show, Culture Clash. His books are Look at Me: Celebrating the Self in Modern Britain (Social Affairs Unit), Private Views: Voices from the Front Line of British Culture (Social Affairs Unit/NCF) and A Sorry State: Self-denigration in British Culture (NCF).

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