This is the first of my posts about what sort of England I would like to see and it is, I hope, quite non-controversial.
England must remain a constitutional monarchy. I know many people find the idea of an hereditary monarch as head of state something of an anachronism, but I like it. As someone once said, if anything has been around long enough to become anachronistic, it must be doing something right. But, perhaps even more to the point, that having a monarch as the national figurehead is very, very English.
In fact, I'm totally in favour of retaining all of our nobility, titles, peerages, pomp and pageantry. They are all things, in my view, that provide continuity for the nation. We all like to be able to trace our lineage back through time and the monarchy and nobility enable us to trace our national lineage back through time too. You lose that continuity if you ditch it in favour of a republic. That does not necessarily create a problem for that nation, but why throw away your history?
I would also retain the awards (even extend them as I'll explain in a future post) - including those that expressly relate to "British" rather than English - MBE, CBE and so on. The British Empire is still a major part of English history and it is a part that I still believe should be considered as a positive contribution to the world rather than something we should apologise for.
So, in my view, a future independent England should retain it's hereditary monarchy, aristocracy, knights and nobles, lords and ladies, awards and ceremonies, pomp and pageantry. Indeed, not just retain them, but celebrate and cherish them.