Britain's Republican Future
Calling them "my lady" or "my lord" may be demeaning but it's just icing on the cake of real privilege.
And a state church, also with its own seats in Parliament, is at least useful if you enjoy being lectured on your moral failings by those who turn a blind eye to their own.
They all turn blind eyes to the Parliamentary Oaths Act, which excludes republicans from their legislature.
That is the United Kingdom 350 years on from when we first freed ourselves from monarch and lordly legislators.
It's been a long time coming. But we can do it again and more. We can make this nation one that is democratic in its spirit and in its institutions.
A British republic.
9 December 1608: Birth of John Milton, poet and republican.
14 June 1645: New Model Army destroyed king's army at Battle of Naseby.
29 October 1648: Thomas Rainsborough, republican, MP, Leveller, soldier, murdered at Doncaster, Yorkshire while resisting monarchist kidnapping.
17 March 1649: Parliament abolished monarchy.
19 March 1649: House of Lords abolished.
19 May 1649: Parliament declared England a commonwealth.
29 August 1657: John Lilburne, “Leveller”, soldier, pioneer of free speech and democratic government died.
16 October 1666: John Cook, lead prosecutor of King Charles, hanged, drawn and quartered by monarchists.
8 November 1674: Death of John Milton, poet and republican.
2 June 1693: John Wildman, republican and Leveller died.
8 June 1809: Tom Paine died.
18 April 1949: Ireland became a republic.