Motion: THB that royal families do a good job, so they should be expanded to democracies
Role: MP (opp.)
It is only fair that royal families should pass power on earlier to those following in the footsteps of the reigning monarch or regent. These days monarchs are hoary and age-old when they are fading away in office. A much better solution would be a virile, younger monarch, who would also be more popular among the subjects and better entertainment in the media.
We shall, namely, not forget how much the media landscape has shifted in the past few decades. No longer can a monarch do virtuous or vicious things out of the public eye.
One case in point is the King of Sweden, who has been caught having extramarital affairs with dubitable people from the luxurious undergrowth of Stockholm. Allegedly, the king has been sleeping with a chanteuse, an otherwise perfectly normal infidelity that the wife is not supposed to know about. In normal circumstances, this might lead to divorce, but in royal circles the connivance, corruption, depravity and privileges keep profiles low when people commit leftfield deeds. The queen doesn’t care.
On the other hand, the King’s daughter Victoria or son Philip would be perfectly suited and fine to have power handed over to them. This would be a Way Out: To keep the power within the family, while reacting somehow to the foibles and faux pas of the reigning monarch. Wherever whenever there is a scandal, the wheels of the royal-family machine or the pages of the rule-book should be turned.
I think it is safe to say that royal families have their own hidden agenda, when it comes to passing power on. Surprisingly enough, a lot of it seems to revolve around sex/gender. If the reigning monarch (and this is only the Rule of Thumb) has already received a grandchild of the same sex (s)he stands for, (s)he is much keener to hand the power over to his or her own child. In other words, monarchs cherish their own sex, when it comes to ruling, and would like see that continue across time relatively unchanged.
Royals only seem to be able to identify with their own sex when it comes to ruling, even if us subjects might consider them altogether a rather effete, effeminate, sexless, poncy crowd. So, if a grandpa-regent or grandma-regent already ”sees” himself or herself in his or her grandchild, the throne may in his or her mind spend the interim in the hands of his or her own child of the opposite sex, an ”unreliable transition” ruler. This is the case in Great Britain and Sweden, in the reversed ways, and potentially in most other kingdoms as well.
Rule should be passed on by the royals as a way of encouraging people in (s)lower social classes to do the same. The Finnish Family Firms Association, once led by former PM Matti Vanhanen, grapples on a daily basis with the pragmatics of passing power on within family-owned LLCs and other enterprises. If we consider royals instead of aristocracy the ”1st Bourgeois Members” of a ”republic”, they should set an example indeed.
Arvio: Puheessa on konstailematon, alaotsikoton, korostuksia käyttämätön lineaarinen rakenne. Voidaan olettaa, että aiemmat puhujat ovat jo käsitelleet vanhan hallintatavan räikeimpiä ja tunnetuimpia epäkohtia ja yleistä asenneilmapiiriä. Tässä puheessa, niiden vanavedessä, varsinaisia pääasioita on kaksi, joilla yritetään todistaa, opposition 3. puhujalle soveliain epäortodoksisin keinoin, että hallituksen ajama esitys on susi.