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Our Pet Queen: A New Perspective on Monarchy

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In the modern, democratic twenty-first century, the notion of an unelected, dynastic monarchy is not easy to defend.This new book argues that the current monarchy is by far the best system for choosing a Head of State - providing that it is understood that we are not subjects and that the monarchy are not our superiors. They are, in actual fact, our pets.
    
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Published August 26th 2014 by Signal
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John Anthony
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
The gist of the book is in its title. It argues, tongue in cheek, but highly plausible nonetheless, that the British attitude to its monarchy is similar to its love of domestic animals. Something to stroke and feed. Both contribute to a national feeling of well being. Disrespectful?: no, I don’t think it is. It’s an interesting, amusingly level - headed portrayal of the national psyche which draws the conclusion that such an odd mongrel nation is rightly headed by this batty institution. It can ...more
Alex Sarll
Short ebook in which the author of the definitive KLF book offers a wilfully annoying but strangely compelling defence of the British monarchy by analogy to his family's objectionable cat. In typically wide-ranging fashion, he also takes in everything from the difficulties of Oliver Cromwell's position to hippy activist King Arthur Pendragon (who comes across rather well, in at least being aware of his own absurdities). ...more
Josh Paul
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I finished this book about a week ago. I've been mulling over the question of whether, given Higg's arguments, the US of A ought to consider obtaining a pet monarch of its own.

If the U.S. does decide to get pet monarch I think the only sensible way for us to select a proper candidate would be a reality TV competition. Ideally co-hosted by Ru Paul and Oprah. The exact format will need to be refined a bit but I think at the very least there would be a dancing competition, a talent show, and maybe
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Rob Thompson
A 15,000 words examination of our monarchy. The conclusion is we need a head of state; a constitutional monarchy. One where their political power is mostly symbolic. The apparent reason: they form a symbiotic interdependence with their host nations. And provide a intuitive sense of historical continuity and cultural identity.

I wasn't completely convinced.
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Zulu Adams
Sep 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Every British person should read this. I've certainly been recommending it to all sorts of people to help toward this end. It's the most convincing monarch-related argument I've ever read, subverting the usual arguments about monarchy and rendering them almost irrelevant. Much like his book on the KLF, the author uses the frame of magic and the concrete representation of ideas as explanations for people's otherwise silly behaviour.

I wish OPQ had been a bit longer, but then it does give a tantali
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Iamreddave
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book to put out as kindle single for whenever a new monarch is needed. Add a chapter on the bizarre change over period and you have a great explainer ready to go.

Also cats are assholes but we need them
Matt
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hands down my favorite non-fiction writer.
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