This is my response to Blake Richard's July 18 email asking the public to nominate someone within our federal constituency to commemorate the Queen's 70th Jubilee with the Platinum Jubilee Medal.Hi Blake, Could I ask; Do you believe in equality? Do you believe in true democracy? Do you believe that people should have the right to choose their leaders? If so, how does glorifying the reign of a highly unaccountable, un-elected, elitist, self-enriching head of one family make any sense?! I’ve spent most of my life in the UK and know to some depth just how powerful and manipulative the monarchy is at protecting its power and finances (the protection of Prince Andrew from legal liability is just the latest grotesque example). Isn’t it time Canada and its politicians got off their knees, stopped groveling, and started to act like a properly self-governing country, not some servile junior outpost?