It has been 11 days since I posted some tentative views on the monarchy in Above the Fray. At the end of that piece, I wrote that would let you know if and when Mary posted her views about our Constitutional Monarchy form of government. She did just that only two days later in a post entitled, Peace, Order and Usually Okay Government.It has taken me all of this time to refer to it, not because I was ignoring it but because I have had so many other little posts that I wanted to publish first. Indeed, I had so many posts simmering that for a few days I actually resorted to posting two blogs per day, just to get through them all. I had many in the queue, but with this post, I am all caught up and may be scratching my head about what to post next.
Constitutional monarchs do not directly rule. Instead, they carry out constitutional, ceremonial and representational duties.[William III] and his successors more or less did what Parliament told them or they did not get enough money from the Commons to manage. You note, it comes down to money and who has the power to determine taxes and collect them. Even Elizabeth I could not work around that.
The system of constitutional monarchy, with its roots in tradition and example, is, I believe, responsible for the mostly smooth transitions in government that you see here, in Australia and New Zealand, and, of course, in Great Britain. It survives photo op Prime Ministers, the Boris Johnson Trump lite Prime Ministers, the power-hungry Governor Generals of Australia and, most importantly for me, a lot of voter apathy in quiet times. We have a lot of quiet times in Canada. If we end up with a political head of state, I project that there would be a lot less peace, order and good government.