A ROYAL VISIT to Aus is always going to stir up the republicans and the progressives of the media. It means they can have a snitty hate-fest about conservatives and common folk, spiced with a bit of anti-British xenophobia. It’s particularly the case now when polls show that support for the monarchy is higher than it’s been for decades, outweighs republican sentiment and is largest among the young. That last fact must rankle most, since it means there’s a whole generation growing up who’ll still be monarchists and middle-aged when the republicans are in their obscure and dribbling dotage unable to interest even the most junior of local reporters in their views
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