Reuters reported about half an hour ago that Prince Charles will marry Camilla Parker-Bowles on the 8th of April. Kim Beazley’s recent desire to revive the Republican debate in Australia will now probably get a kick along. However, that will be for the wrong reasons if it’s solely because of the “scandalous” nature of the royal relationship. I doubt that framing the issue in terms of whether Australians wanted Prince Charles as their future King was one of the most successful ARM tactics in 1999 (the whole campaign though was horrendous…). Basically, the monarchy as far as Australia goes is an anachronism and we should cut the ties no matter who is on the British throne.
There are some bigger issues raised for the UK though – not least the position of the Church of England as the Established Church but one divided over the propriety of marrying divorced people, but also the continuing political power of the monarchy – as evidenced by Prince Charles’ habit of writing helpful notes to British Ministers, and the continuing symbolism of a religiously exclusive and socially hierarchical regime which works against any notion of meritocracy in “New Britain”.
UPDATE: Full report in The Guardian.
FURTHER UPDATE: As predicted at Troppo, the debate’s “revived” today according to the ARM, who claim they’ve been deluged by emails and phone calls saying Camilla is the “last straw for the monarchy” etc etc. If we get to see more of the inimitable Flinty in his capacity as head of the ACM, it’s all good though.