Matthew Groves is on the parliamentary list and ran for Parliament in 2010 in the constituency of Plymouth Moor View. He achieved a 7.9 per cent swing for the Conservatives. He was also a local councillor in Surrey for eight years. Matthew has recently launched his own blog, "A voice from the Shires".
There have been some very good years for the Monarchy, with the Royal Wedding, the Diamond Jubilee and now the birth of Prince George. Polls show that the current approval ratings for this longstanding institution are at an all time high. It is difficult for even the most embittered republican not to find himself smiling benignly to hear the latest from our national family about the nappy changing of Prince George!
That is of course one central part of our monarchy – its role as our national family, bringing us together as a family who share in the joys of weddings and births and the sadness of funeral. George III in particular saw the advantage of strengthening the Monarchy through emphasising the Royal Family.
When the Family went through its crises in the nineties, with the break down of two marriages, the Queen suffered her annus horribilus and the final crisis of Princess Diana’s death, the institution suffered. It was wounded, but not fatally and that is because while being the national family is so important, it is not the only vital role that the monarchy performs.
Monarchy unites all the strands of this nation, government, parliament, the armed forces, the church, much of our charitable sector. It is the monarchy that stands for permanence in the vicissitudes of modern life. It does not move at the pace of ephemeral Westminster politics. With the birth of the new prince, the media is now commenting about Britain in decades, not days or weeks.