As regular readers of this blog will know, I have strong republican sympathies. I most recently made that clear in the aftermath of the Jubilee weekend. But I have said so previously. In fact, it was a blog I wrote in February that drew this position of mine to the attention of the Moral Maze team at BBC Radio 4. As a consequence I will be taking part in that programme tonight at 8pm, discussing this issue.
The programme is live (subject, I suspect to a very short delay) so quite what opportunity I get to develop my arguments against a panel of four, three of whom I doubt will be sympathetic to my cause, I do not know. But at the very least it will be an interesting evening out, but not a novelty. I have done the show at least twice before, the most recent being in 2012.