THERE appears to be growing calls for a referendum on the monarchy, fuelled in part by the recent visit to Scotland by Prince William and his wife. Personally I would rather leave that whole debate to a post-independent Scotland. It will be hard enough to convince our fellow citizens of the merits of the case for independence without alienating some with calls to sack the Queen – or possibly the King.

The Queen has been the Queen for as long as I have lived. I have not met her face-to-face. I can only judge her through the prism of my TV set, social media and the newspapers. I recall that she was not destined for the job. The political and personal views of her late uncle forced her late father into the role of king. A role he most certainly did not want.

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There is no doubt that the current Queen has made the very best of a sometimes difficult job. Like all families there have been good days and bad. Family members have featured in the tabloid press on more occasions than, I suspect, the Queen would have liked. There is of course the thorny issue of the vast amounts of inherited wealth and the debatable amounts of public money invested annually in the royal family.

I suspect in a post-independence referendum, I would vote to end the monarchy. I feel it is a concept that has probably outlived its usefulness. The idea that someone should gain rank, privilege and possibly public wealth by virtue of their parentage is a bit alien to me. I even find the swearing of allegiance to the monarch by our MSPs difficult to accept.

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I have no wish to be in some way subservient to Charles and Camilla, William and Kate or their heirs and successors. I bear them no ill will. I hope their occasional public appearances and charitable patronage will continue to give pleasure to many.

We live in modern hopefully soon to be independent nation. The year is 2021 not 1821 and certainly not 1621.

Brian Lawson