The future of the monarchy
Changing of the guard: This week, the UK’s longest-reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, died peacefully at Balmoral Castle. While many are mourning the loss, many are also asking a difficult question: could this be the beginning of the end for the British monarchy?
When Elizabeth became Queen in 1952, the British Empire spanned 70 overseas territories and hundreds of millions of people. But India had recently won its independence after a long fight – and during his reign all but 14 other territories followed. What was once a global empire has shrunk to “a mid-sized Northern European country”. Now, without Elizabeth…
Perhaps time is running out for the monarchy too?
You said it. Especially since other former colonies could soon become republics (see: Australia, Jamaica). And even the British seem less sure of the continued rule of the monarchy: only 39% think it will still exist in 100 years, according to a poll. While part of the UK seems to be changing with the times (see: its most diverse cabinet ever), the royal family remains a symbol and living embodiment of Britain’s past. Which includes centuries of planning and profiteering from colonialism and slavery – for which they have never formally apologized. Before that, there was feudalism, which also had lasting effects. Meanwhile, the newly proclaimed King Charles III said he planned to scale down the pomp and circumstance. In other words, fewer working royals, which would reduce the taxpayers’ money needed to support them. But in the 21st century, it may become harder to justify the public foot any invoice. Especially as the UK faces its most serious economic threats in a generation (think inflation, soaring energy costs, a possible long recession). And while scandals (think Prince Andrew) continue to tarnish the royal family.
For better or worse, Queen Elizabeth II will be celebrated and remembered as “the woman who saved the monarchy” even as the British Empire shrank. Now, only time will tell if people will stick with the royal family.
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Still struggling with the scares of late summer? Yeah, same. One way to cope is to plan your next trip. And there’s no better time to go camping.
Summer camping gets all the good press – but fall camping is the way to go. You will be surrounded by beautiful fall foliage. The days will be long enough to enjoy it, but the weather will be cooler and more comfortable. There will be fewer bugs. Also, campgrounds tend to be less crowded after Labor Day. Important, as increasing numbers of campers have made it difficult to get to campsites in popular parks in recent years.
If you’re ready to follow the call, here’s what to know before setting up camp:
Pre-book your campsite. Public spots run by the state or government (which can be reserved through sites like Reserve America and Recreation.gov) are great options. If those are met, you might have luck with a tech-savvy startup like Hipcamp, Tentrr, or Harvest Hosts. All three include private landowners who rent their land to campers.
Bring extra gear. Even during the first days of autumn, temperatures can be very different from day to day. So, as your camp counselor would say: Always bring layers. To stay toasty warm while dozing under the stars, make sure you have a three or four season tent. And if the days are going to be shorter, buy a quality headlamp and a rechargeable or solar powered lantern. (Of course, you can also use the flashlight on your phone in a pinch. Don’t forget a portable charger.)
Plan your meals. Unless you plan on eating dried trail mix all weekend, bring cooking supplies. Start with the basics (think: a camping stove, pots, pans, plates, cups, and cutlery). Then add other elements depending on what you plan to do. Some great options include foil pouches for tacos, grilled chicken, and pasta salad. And, yes, s’mores for the campfire.
Eyes on: 2022 mid-terms
Midterm elections have a significant impact on policies that affect our daily lives. So we are here to help you Skim your ballot. And Skimm what happens next week…
Game state(s): On tuesday september 13the voters of Delaware (To lodge), New Hampshire (Senate, House, Governor), and Rhode Island (House, Governor) will go to the polls for the last round of primary elections.
In New Hampshire, Senator Maggie Hassan is one of the Democrats vulnerable to re-election. No surprise since she won by just 1,017 votes in 2016. Republicans are therefore eager to present a good challenger – who until last week appeared to be far-right candidate Don Bolduc. But after a last-minute spending spree to prop up a more moderate rival, that’s now TBD.
In Rhode Island, the Dems’ competitive champs face off in two of the state’s races. The first is to fill the seat of Representative Jim Langevin (D), who is retiring. The second is to try to replace Governor Dan Mckee (D), who came to office while he was then governor. Gina Raimondo (D) has become US Secretary of Commerce.
PS: The results of these elections depend on the voters. Click on here to learn more about how to make your vote count.
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