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Historical inaccuracies.

FRED Musham states in his letter that the only time Britain was a republic was during Oliver Cromwells Protectorate (1649 to 1660) and that the people hated it so much that they restored the monarchy. He then concluded that the Royal Family were a cushion between government and the people.

Much of this is historically inaccurate. For ordinary people had little say in the matter, either before, during, or after Cromwell's Protectorate. The clash was between a king by nobles, who claimed to rule by Divine Right and a Parliament elected by 2% of the male population (mainly country gentlemen, wealthy merchants and those farmers who owned their land).

Fortunately, Parliament by winning established that the king did not rule by Divine Right and could not rule without Parliament. Two years after Cromwell's death, leading lights in the Army and Parliament restored the monarchy. Needless to say, the people were not consulted, but the new king Charles II became king on Parliament's terms.

A modern democratic republic would have little in common with either Cromwell's Protectorate, the monarchy that he overthrew, or with the restored monarchy, as none of these entities were elected by the entire adult population.

Republicans' core belief is that all men and women should be born free and equal in rights and should be able to aspire to any public office, including that of head of state.

Monarchy by definition excludes all, bar the members of one family.

PAUL W GIBSON Houghton-le-Spring

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 24, 2016
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