By Benjamin Harris-Quinney, from The Commentator, December 2012
This week's news that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting a child has been greeted with an international media storm consummate with the world's most famous couple, and such febrile interest was always going to be the reaction to such significant news from Kensington Palace.
Aside from the natural interest in their celebrity, this particular Royal pregnancy, however, has a guaranteed significance unlike any preceding it. For the first time, whether male or female, the child of the Duke and the Duchess will be third in line to the throne as the British Government and the governing body of the Commonwealth have agreed to remove the rules of primogeniture that govern hereditary rule.
The second half of the 20th century witnessed, on a global scale, among the most significant social changes in human history. Over the last 60 years God, the Queen, and Country, once the pillars of British society, have been strongly challenged by atheists, republicans, and progressives alike, heralding a form of post-modernist thought that its adherents compare to the renaissance.
The result has, however, been not a strengthening of British society, but a weakening, and the answer to why for those on either side of the debate can be found in the impure ideology of consensus politics.
Three issues that underpin the old pillars of British society are currently among the most present in the public mind: hereditary rule, the ability of women to hold positions of leadership in the Church, and gay marriage.
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