DAILY MAIL COMMENT: Public still have faith in King and country
As we approach the Coronation, the King can draw considerable confidence from a major poll in today’s Mail showing a decisive majority of Britons in favour of retaining the monarchy.
If there were a referendum now, less than a quarter of the population would prefer a republic – and even they don’t believe such a change would bring any practical benefits, underlining the weakness of their argument.
Two thirds of all those questioned said the monarchy has provided more stability than we would otherwise have had. An even higher proportion believe the institution to be an asset for the UK.
And despite demands from the wokerati that we should atone for the sins of our ancestors, fewer than one in three believe the King or this country need to apologise for our colonial past.
So far, so encouraging. However, drill down into the detail and there is plenty of food for thought here for Charles and his advisers.
Two thirds of all those questioned said the monarchy has provided more stability than we would otherwise have had (pictured in January)
The King’s personal popularity rating (54 per cent) still lags behind that of William, Kate and his sister Anne
Younger voters (18-24) and those of ethnic minority descent tend much more towards republicanism. Even among royalists, a large majority say the institution must modernise and scale down if it is to survive.
The King’s personal popularity rating (54 per cent) still lags behind that of William, Kate and his sister Anne – a hangover perhaps from the dark days of his feud with Princess Diana.
But he is far more favoured than Harry and Meghan, whose popularity is lower than all the royals but Prince Andrew.
So while Charles has the imprimatur of the people there is much work to be done. As the survey proves, older citizens of this country understand the virtue of a constitutional monarchy and value the peace and continuity it has given this country over generations.
The young though are less invested and will take some convincing that this outwardly old-fashioned system of government remains appropriate for the 21st century and beyond.
But Charles III’s reign has begun well and there is no shortage of public affection for him and his Queen. With the support of the thoroughly modern Prince and Princess of Wales, the Mail is confident the future of the monarchy will be safe in his hands.
Think of the patients
No one, least of all this newspaper, underestimates the huge contribution nurses make to society.
But sadly, an increasingly militant group within the NHS is giving the impression that looking after patients comes a very poor second to their own interests.
Callously defying requests by their own union, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), to staff emergency units in hospitals, striking nurses yesterday forced at least one NHS trust to close intensive care beds.
Callously defying requests by their own union, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), to staff emergency units in hospitals, striking nurses yesterday forced at least one NHS trust to close intensive care beds (strikes on May 1)
The RCN is already in disarray after being humiliated in the High Court, which ruled its original plan for a two-day strike was illegal
By showing such disregard for the welfare of the sickest patients, they have sunk to a dispiriting new low.
The RCN is already in disarray after being humiliated in the High Court, which ruled its original plan for a two-day strike was illegal.
Almost every other NHS union has accepted the Government’s pay offer as the most that can be afforded in these straitened times.
Any public sympathy the RCN has is quickly evaporating. If its reputation as caring professionals is to survive intact, it needs very quickly to end this spiteful and unwarranted dispute.
As if the Metropolitan Police wasn’t in enough trouble over racism, sexism and misogyny in the ranks, it transpires that a senior officer who regularly used prostitutes has been allowed to keep his job with merely a mild rebuke.
Given the potential for blackmail and that many sex workers are trafficked or coerced, is this man really fit to wear the uniform?
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