Monday, October 29, 2012

Our anti-democratic monarchy

A member of Britain's royal family is visiting here next month - which means the police are cracking down on those who peacefully advocate change:

Police have started keeping tabs on anti-royals who might disrupt Prince Charles' visit here next month - but the group openly saying they would like to flour-bomb him haven't heard a peep.

The leader of a moderate republican group, Lewis Holden, says he's been put on a threat-assessment list - and thinks police have him confused with someone else.

No shit. The Republican Movement of New Zealand advocates for democratic change to the monarchy. For the police to be contact them and treating them as if they're some sort of violent terrorist group simply highlights the fundamentally anti-democratic nature of the monarchy, and its incompatibility with basic human rights such as freedom of speech.