Liz and Phil seem to keep getting my address wrong as well. Have you noticed the number of 'republicans' who turn up to royal affairs?
The republican debate is the best smoke screen a government could wish for, forget health, education, immigration, unemployment etc etc, lets all whinge about HM.
You are so right, but as another well recognised distraction is to start a war perhaps this is comparatively harmless and most of us see through it anyway.
There have been articles for and against the republic all over the place this week and mindless articles from journalists. A few people get on forums and get all hot under the collar and throw insults at each other and nobody else really cares a toss.
To my mind there are far more worthwhile things to spend money on at the moment than all the huge administrative costs it would require to become a Republic. I can't remember what the referendum cost but it was too much. They didn't achieve anything worthwhile because, as far as I can remember, they didn't plan the options properly and didn't make it clear how we might choose a President and whether or not he would have political power..