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Republic, a pressure group campaigning for the abolition of the monarchy and its replacement with a directly elected head of state, is seeking to raise £30,000 to launch a billboard campaign. The fundraising push was launched just yesterday and has already raised £10,572. The campaign group aim to publicise their anti-monarchy message up and down the country in a bid to galvanise fresh support.
The fundraising page starts by stating in large, bold text: “The monarchy is wrong in principle, wrong in practice and it’s bad for British politics.
“That’s the message we want the country to hear when we launch a major new billboard advertising campaign!”
Republic hopes by reaching their fundraising target they will be able to “trigger a revitalised public debate about the monarchy and how we’re governed”.
They claim such a billboard campaign will be a first for the both UK and Republic.
The pressure group said the posters will make bold statements about what is wrong with the monarchy, and suggest what alternatives are available.
They also aim to “debunk the most common myths about the royals”, including what their roles are and how much they cost the UK taxpayer.
Examples of billboards include a large photo of Prince Charles, accompanied by the following text: “Secretive, wasteful, undemocratic.
“It’s time to end the monarchy.”
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Another billboard shows a still from Prince Andrew’s BBC Newsnight interview with Emily Maitlis and the following large text: “Wanted. A democratic alternative to the monarchy.”
Republic said they hope the campaign will become a talking point across the UK.
They said: “As we approach the end of the Queen’s reign the country needs an honest, grown-up debate about the monarchy.
“We need to stop and ask ourselves: Can’t we just choose our next head of state?
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“With polls showing young people wanting an elected head of state, the succession of King Charles will be a major turning point in the monarchy’s history and in the growth of Britain’s republican movement.
“We want the country to know there is a positive, exciting, democratic alternative to sitting back and letting Charles become our head of state.
“And we want the country talking about why the monarchy is bad for Britain, why it’s time to call time on the royals.”
Graham Smith, the CEO of Republic, posted on Twitter earlier this morning when the fundraising total was just shy of £10,000.
He wrote: “We’ve now raised almost £10k in 24 hours, so Republic billboards will be up soon!”
So far 437 people have supported the fundraising campaign.
People have pledged between £5-£100.
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