Do you think Princess Beatrice and Eugenie should be given royal duties?

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It was revealed in the sunday papers that there is a nasty feud brewing between Prince Charles and Prince Andrew threatening to divide the royals like never before.

Prince Andrew wants Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie to be given taxpayer-funded royal roles and new accommodation at Kensington Palace but the move has been blocked by Prince Charles.

Prince Andrew believes his daughters are already being overshadowed by William, Kate and Harry and the situation will get worse as Prince George and Princess Charlotte get older.

He has long argued that as the only ‘blood princesses’ in the family, Beatrice and Eugenie deserve proper royal roles like their cousins, along with the same standard of accommodation at Kensington Palace. He fears that they will be totally sidelined when the Queen dies.

Prince Charles, The heir to the throne, wants a more “streamlined” monarchy with only William, Kate and Harry taking centre stage at major royal events.

Now it seems the Queen has taken a side and it’s with Beatrice and Eugenie. A member of the Queen’s court revealed to The Mail on Sunday that the Queen is very fond of the sisters and while she must publicly support Charles, she believes that sidelining Beatrice and Eugenie would be impractical.

“The Queen adores the girls and is keen for them to have some kind of a role,” said the source. “Charles’s vision for a streamlined family is all very well, but how can the Royal Family do everything it currently does with just five players?”

The Queen believes for the sake of the monarchy, Beatrice and Eugenie should be allowed to carry out more royal duties. Presently, the sisters are not on the official royal roster.

What are your views? Should the Duke of York’s daughters become full-time members of “The Firm”? Do you think other royals should be given more duties?

Do you think Princess Beatrice and Eugenie should be given royal duties?

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Georgie Girl
3 hours ago
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Royal Duties, what on earth is this exactly, we live in the 21st Century, there should be no such thing as 'royals'.
Look back over History, the majority are all thieves, murderers and vagabonds! Could any of us mere mortals look back at our family and find heads of our ancestors impaled and paraded along the River Thames!!
redfive
26th Nov 2016
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We cannot go on supporting the royal family. Needs to be cut down to size. There is no need for all these enjoying life at the expense of the people going to food banks.
Bluekat
12th Nov 2016
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I think they could have a set amount of official duties annually, as well as doing their own jobs and following a career. A remuneration for travel, dress etc could be arranged, and to keep them in the public eye as is their due by birth. Let's hope they make a good job of their lives.
Barton babe
12th Nov 2016
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In their younger days the Princess Alexandra and the Duchess of Kent did their bit and not forgetting Princess Margaret. Princes Ann does her duties. Andrew and Edward are still able to take part so I cant think why we need more royals at this time, maybe later.
Give the two girls a course on dress sense first.
AliceC
11th Nov 2016
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The princesses should do much more for the royal family and certainly not just receive better accommodation and more money. Perhaps the Queen could instruct someone to list their future duties, as neither their father or mother are good examples.
LittleMinx
2nd Nov 2016
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Yes Wilf.
Princess Elizabeth did indeed do her stint, in 1945 she joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service and trained to be not only a driver but a mechanic too. She is not afraid of getting her hands dirty.
The two Princesss should perhaps take a leaf out of her book.
Wilf
9th Nov 2016
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And as Queen she works as hard as she has even done. i think she is about 90 now and still goes around the country. Its amazing. If everyone had her work ethic we would be the richest country on earth!
LittleMinx
2nd Nov 2016
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Let the girls find gainful employment, their images have been tarnished by their avaricious mother's deeds, and now father's.

Striking out on their own would be character building. Maybe much later, having gained experience and a dose of reality, they could perhaps wear the mantle of Royal Princesses and undertake Royal duties.
The Queen once drove trucks!
Wilf
2nd Nov 2016
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Thats very true she did when she was working in the Land Army I think in WW2
Jo Kingham
2nd Nov 2016
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I'm not a massive fan of the royal family but I have to say I think William, Kate and Harry are doing a fabulous job and represent our country well. If it were my decision I would tell them to go and get proper jobs!
Mumski7
1st Nov 2016
5
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If they take advantage of all the free holidays etc make them work for it.
Matron999
1st Nov 2016
2
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I read somewhere that the Queen has agreed with Prince Andrew and thinks the princesses should have more of a role in the royal family but whatever the outcome when Charles becomes King he will do things his way and Beatrice and Eugenie will be sidelined. They have both attended university and have degrees so they should build on that experience.
JohnHerb
1st Nov 2016
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Yes I agree. I do not understand why Andrew is doing this. He must know the average Brit would not agree with it?
Matron999
1st Nov 2016
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Beatrice and Eugenie haven't done themselves any favours when it comes to their image, particularly Beatrice who over the last few years has had so many holidays she must have lost count. I'm sure the public and I include myself here think that if she becomes a "full time royal" she'll have more time for holidays. Another issue that annoyed Andrew was the decision to stop funding security for his daughters, although he now pays for this himself, out of the public purse no doubt.
JohnHerb
1st Nov 2016
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Or is Andrew just so far removed from the peasants like me that he doesn't see this?
Lionel
1st Nov 2016
2
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Matron, your comment begs the question, will Charles become king?
Matron999
1st Nov 2016
2
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I don't see any reason why not, unless his mother outlives him. I know some people don't want him to be King but it would be difficult to pass him over and give William the throne. I'm sure you'll elaborate Lionel as to why you asked the question.....a very appropriate one I must say.
Lionel
1st Nov 2016
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My apologies for not replying sooner Matron, my present circumstances are not quite usual.

Allow me to say I have no objections to Charles becoming king. Yes, I could wish it were otherwise, but he is the rightful and lawful heir to the throne. As such, if he is anointed as King of England I must, as a Brit, be duty bound to accept him.

But may I here reference here something from 2003. It is significant the local media picked up on it, but without comment. It was at the height of the Camilla scandals, Charles was being vilified.

On the late morning of Christmas Day 2003 our local East Anglian TV showed footage of Charles alighting from a helicopter at Sandringham. He seemed hunched and burdened, headed for Christmas lunch with the Queen and Prince Philip.

Less than an hour later he was outside boarding the helicopter. The cameras zoomed in. His face was flushed and his demeanour spoke of an angry man. But Christmas lunch takes much more than a little less than an hour. That footage was not broadcast again.

Four months later he married Camilla.

I believe at that Christmas lunch he was confronted by the Queen and Prince Philip with a choice.Camilla or the throne. If that is the case, then he chose Camilla, which would explain why William is being fast tracked into a monarch's duties. It would explain why he seldom appears a happy man, knowing the future before him.

Supposition? Perhaps, but there's an awful lot to explain if I'm wrong.
Matron999
2nd Nov 2016
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Lionel that is very interesting and something I've never heard or seen before but you have brought up an excellent point. It would normally be unheard of for a King to ascend the throne after marrying a divorcee. I think we will have to wait at least 10 years before we find if this is the case.
JohnHerb
1st Nov 2016
3
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I think Charles will be king as William is unable to bypass the constitution in this was and has said he wouldn't want to anyway as he will have years of being king himself. Good to let Charles have a few years at the job!
Joan Fraser
1st Nov 2016
3
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No - I think a job training course would be better - they've had a good education and must have some strong connections, so independent earning shouldn't be too difficult for them to achieve
Oldgirl48
1st Nov 2016
2
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It is not really an argument about whether or not they should have Royal Duties. With those duties comes a substantial annual allowance from the taxpayer and that is probably what they are really after.
2e0uyppp
1st Nov 2016
3
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I think that the two girl's have shown there true worth and make the Royalty look bad to the public, The parents have shown that they are grabber's and have no interest in there subjects. The royal family are really hard worker's and don't need a sponge dragging them down
And55
1st Nov 2016
4
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Put them both to work in the Queens gift shops .
quilp666
1st Nov 2016
6
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If the Duke of York is serious about his daughters taking up royal duties let him put his money where his mouth is.For years both he and his daughters have been perceived as all too ready to swan around the globe at our expense while the country got little or nothing from their travels.Let him fund their royal activities for a couple of years while public scrutiny can determine whether or not they have earned any public funding - and by royal activities I mean the scope and number as performed by value for money Royals such as Princess Anne.
Lionel
31st Oct 2016
3
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In this brave new egalitarian country the Royals are ever going to be a divisive topic. The institution of monarchy is from another age. Anyone who has ever sat at the top of the heap knows all too well how easy it is for a sniper to take pots shots. Worse for the Royals, there's so many snipers!

I'm a monarchist. Why? Because the alternative is far worse than I dare contemplate.

We have a ninety year old Queen and a heir who is, I think, sixty seven. If the Queen stays the course for another decade or so, as her mother did, then Charles will likely not be with us. If he is he will be an ineffectual head of state due to age, infirmity and lack of experience.

However much we dislike some of these younger royals and I do, I believe they must be brought into the public arena, and paid by us. Give them a decade of experience under the tutelage of the Queen and when she is gone, as sadly she must go, the ever increasing demands placed upon the inner Royal family will be mitigated by having some next generation people to shoulder the load.

If we want these two girls to do a day's work, then give them a day's work being a Royal. Four or five engagements a day, stretched all over the country, almost three hundred days a year? I rather manage a flock of sheep, and I intensely dislike sheep!
JohnHerb
31st Oct 2016
4
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I think the girls should work and Andrew should pay. He has enough money having been paid handsomely for all the trade deals he made for team GB companies. Let the girls do a good days work. The Queen knows best if she wants them to do this let them do it. If not no!
Lionel
31st Oct 2016
3
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I agree JohnHerb, but let them work in the Royal arena and Andrew pay.
janmurraya
31st Oct 2016
4
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They are too far down the pecking order to even be considered. I believe I. The Queen and the immediate heirs being part of the "firm" as they call themselves, but the others are only hangers on and do not deserve anything from the public purse. If the queen feels they should be employed then she can pay their wages.
Pwilly
31st Oct 2016
1
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Totally agree, who would take them seriously?? Who would want them as a head for their charity?? NO! NO! NO!
Belynda.C
31st Oct 2016
2
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They are a couple of over-indulged airheads. No-one would take them seriously.
BrumEJ43
31st Oct 2016
3
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Definitely not. Their completely out of touch with the real world father should find them a decent job, - he seems to have all the right contacts.
They would have a shock if they had to work properly.
There are enough hangers on in the Royal Family as it is, - someone will be wanting Pippa and all the Middletons on the balcony next.
Seanna
31st Oct 2016
3
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Completely agree that the Royal Family is more than adequately represented by the top team. Feels like these girls want to be full-time royals, thus avoiding having to knuckle down to earning a living in the real world. Presumably they would expect payment from the public purse!! Prince Andrew should take a leaf out of his sister's book, and get his daughters to become self-reliant.
Wilf
31st Oct 2016
3
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Think Prince Andrew needs to get a job first...from what you read in the papers he has been loafing about and playing golf most of his life---lucky man!
UggLover
31st Oct 2016
5
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What exactly do these two girls do? The only time you see/hear them is either in a carriage or some ceremonial event. Think they need to actually earn their keep.
Alicia
31st Oct 2016
5
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They should get a proper job and earn money like the rest of us have to.
Richard Milner
31st Oct 2016
7
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I agree with many of the posts. The Prince of Wales is correct in having a streamlined Royal Family. If AirMiles Andy got his daughters proper jobs, that did NOT allow 10 holidays a year, there would be no problem.

The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William has a job, so why cannot Airmiles Andy and his daughters get proper jobs, instead of gallivanting here and there......to me, the three of them are just spoilt.
xpuffyx
31st Oct 2016
5
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Prince Andrew grew up knowing the Royal protocal so suck it up.No way should these " princess's " be paid by us taxpayers to galavant about any more They are spoilt..get over it and try working 48 weeks of the year and as Tonyt49er.
Tonyt49er
31st Oct 2016
7
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Their royal duties must include TOILET CLEANING!
Alicia
31st Oct 2016
2
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But they would have no idea how to do that ......
linda57
31st Oct 2016
9
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Definitely not and nor should Andrew. i am 60 in January and will be waiting until age 67 to claim my pension. I have arthritis and subsequent mobility problems that prevent me from working in my old role as support worker and carer. Worn out my knees doing this! Just had mobility allowance removed and struggling on £102 i earn per week . No they should be working as anyone else their age is. After all they will be handed 'sweet' jobs at a very good income because of who they are! So far totally unimpressed and if the if Grandmother the Queen is that upset well she had enough to support the pair of them.. Future royals need to step up too and not commandeer so much wealth and status.
anncrisp
31st Oct 2016
9
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If the royals Recieve payments from public money they should work for it,the same argument as whether people on benefits should work for their benefits.If you're able,then work for you're money,nothing in life is free.
Gill T
31st Oct 2016
9
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I totally agree with Prince Charles. Prince Andrew should look after his own children. He's quick to cash in on his royal status when it suits him and his ex wife!
Notelddim123
31st Oct 2016
9
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There are enough royals being paid.Lower down the ranks should make their own living.
grannyinamuddle
31st Oct 2016
9
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I'm definitely in favour of the royal family and will always speak out to support them, but they have to scale down in order to appeal to all the people of this country. At the end of the day we are paying their wages to do their royal duties. Eugenie and Beatrice have had great opportunities to develop and make their own way in the world successfully, both financially and career wise, and if they haven't taken those opportunities to develop themselves as people, then I'm sorry they must choose to live within their means as many people in country struggle to every day of their lives, but at least they have a healthy inheritance in order to do that. Prince Charles is totally correct in standing his ground on this, and Prince Andrew should be ashamed to be asking the people of this country to support this very self indulgent side of the royal family. Shame on you Andrew!!
caz970
31st Oct 2016
4
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I totally agree with Prince Charles, Prince Andrew thinks because he royal he's entitled...to many of them get a free ride, make them work like the rest of us...
philipeileen
31st Oct 2016
6
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No they should not be given royal duties, they are not good ambassadors for our country, in times of austerity it would be madness to make taxpayers keep them.
Frosty
31st Oct 2016
14
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Only the line of the heir to the throne should be employed by her majesty. All the others should be in employment like the rest of us.
Wilf
31st Oct 2016
3
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Totally agree with you. Just the core of the monarchy
Alicia
31st Oct 2016
5
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I entirely agree with you.
Munsterlander
31st Oct 2016
9
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Totally agree with you
KenC
31st Oct 2016
10
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If it cost us, the taxpayers, more during a period of 'austerity' and Brexit fuelled uncertainty the answer must be No.

After Charles, the line of succession goes through his off spring, not Andrew's. Therefore Andrew and Kate closely followed by Harry should rightly perform these duties. That's the pecking order Andrew. This is not a classless society, nor it seems, is the Monarchy.
Munsterlander
31st Oct 2016
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I agree we are all tightening our belts indeed have done since 2008 and the 2 girls need to get a proper job. Its just not good enough
Munsterlander
31st Oct 2016
11
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What on earth is the matter with Prince Andrew? I think he is so far removed from the average Brit! How on earth can his daughters be paid royals. They seem to spend their lives on holiday and most people think Prince Andrew is a waste of space and just spends his life on the gravy train. yes he was a Helicopter pilot in the Falklands War but since then cannot see he has done a real days work in his life!
Poppyrose
31st Oct 2016
8
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I do think Charles has the right idea in streamlining the royals as in who is given money and accommodation because surely, there are only so many ribbons in contention. I also think having read the papers for the last week or so, if the queen adores her grandchildren that's lovely so why doesn't she pay an allowance? The public's perception of the importance of royalty has changed so much and because of media, social sites etc we can see more of them than perhaps is wise because now we can see what they don't do, maybe we are less forgiving of idleness.
Prince Andrew has a valid point -from 70 years ago - but times have changed, he is an irrelevance unless you are from some dodgy third world newly rich country impressed by a title and his girls more so. I do feel if they want to help in charity work, get properly involved, roll their sleeves up and do the grindingly long hours, days, months etc like other charity workers but oh, wait a minute, that would interfere in holidays.......................Show a bit of gumption, common sense and grit that you granny shows then hold out the begging bowl
Poppyrose
31st Oct 2016
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The problem is of course - does anyone show them people's comments or are they shielded in case it offends?
linda57
31st Oct 2016
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They will be shielded Poppy Rose no doubt about that !
Munsterlander
31st Oct 2016
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I have just commented here and seen your comment. I totally agree with you this is just stupid. Nobody respects people like Prince Andrew in the 21st century. We may have had to bow down in 1316 but not in 2016. He really needs a reality check and Prince Charles is absolutely right in this respect.
Marley444
31st Oct 2016
5
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I have to say, even though I admire and respect the Royal Family and all that they do for our country I think that these two girls would do more harm than good! They come from dysfunctional parents who are portrayed as greedy, and sadly for the girls I think they have been tarnished by their parents. Also what about all the other grandchildren? Anne and Edwards kids? Surely then they should be given the same roles??
xpuffyx
31st Oct 2016
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That's right.If these 2 are allowed then you couldn't blame the rest for jumping on the bandwagon as they say.
JohnHerb
31st Oct 2016
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Not sure on this one. On the one hand we don't want Prince William and his kids having to do all the work and there are a lot of Royal Duties. On the other side why should they have us pay for them. Having said that if the Queen is in favour then she knows more than us so on reflection I would have them doing it but not getting paid out of taxpayers money. Prince Andrew can pay-he has enough money
MrsPat
31st Oct 2016
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They seem a couple of nice young ladies and it would give them something to do and cheer up people when they go into hospitals, charities and the sort of duties the Royals perform. I think they should take up these duties. The Royal Family are a huge asset to the UK. Not many other countries have a Royal Family and they help with tourism as well.

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Patients could be struck off GP surgery lists after five years of no contact...
Jeremy Corbyn or Owen Smith - who would you choose? OwenCorbyn
Owen Smith will take on Jeremy Corbyn for the Labour leadership in a head-to-head race that will...
Who would be the best leader for the Labour Party? Angela Eagle and Jeremy Corbyn
What an eventful two weeks in politics!  We have voted to leave the EU, tomorrow we will have a...
Is it all about the winning or the taking part? hand holding up a gold trophy cup as a winner in a competition
Why do we say "it's not the winning but the taking part that counts"? It's a phrase echoed by...
Theresa May or Angela Leadsom for Prime Minister? Theresa May  and Andrea Leadsom
The contest now moves to its final stage with the Conservative Party's 150,000-strong membership...
Would you vote differently in a new EU Referendum? Flag of United Kingdom over the flag of the European Union Vector illustration
An anonymous group of business leaders and academics is mounting a legal challenge to stop the...
Should Jeremy Corbyn Stay or Go? Jeremy-Corbyn-England-900
The results of the EU Referendum have left the country in a state of temporary turmoil. The...
Do you think we’re facing chaos now we’re leaving the EU? brexit Great Britain EU exit
After months of debate, scaremongering, polls and confusion the decision has been made for the...
Is recognising 'gender neutral' going to get complicated? toilet door for gender neutral isolated on white background
The gender-neutral Mx . is used as a title for those who do not identify as being of a particular...
Should advertising be less sexist? tv ads and mass media: old style television with text Marketing and advertising
Unilever, the firm, behind more than 400 brands from Ben & Jerry's ice-cream to Dove soap, has...
Should the law be changed on naming and shaming the accused? cliff
Sir Cliff Richard has admitted he feels "tarnished" following two years of "trauma", after the CPS...
Do you research to ensure you always get the best deal? Isolated stack of bills over a black background.
It's a familiar complaint from customers, that they have to search on the internet to find the...
Do you approve of dummies? happy baby with pacifier lying in a stroller
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Love them or hate them, parents have used dummies, pacifiers, comforters, or soothers for...
Would you like to be categorised as 'Mrs M&S'? LONDON-MAY 21, 2013. M&S store sign in London on May 21, 2013. Marks and Spencer specialises in the selling of clothing and luxury food products. 703 stores in UK and 361 stores in more than 40 countries.
Marks and Spencer's has a new boss and he has unveiled plans to revive the retailer's clothing...
Do you renew your insurance policies on a comparison website or via a broker? Insurance - letters on wooden desk with laptop computer and a notebook. 3d render illustration.
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In this day and age, we probably all have many different insurance polices, covering a range of...
Do you have enough facts yet to make your decision about the EU? Brexit UK EU referendum concept with flags
With less than 6 weeks to go now, until we get the chance to cast our vote on whether we want to...
Should Abortion be de-criminalised after 24 weeks? Pro-life vs pro-choice female right on abortion concept
The Royal College of Midwives has faced controversy after calling for the legal limits on abortion...
Should attendance rate be considered when fining parents who take children out of school in term time? Young family having fun together in pool
Should parents whose children attend school regularly be allowed to take their children out of...
Should it be legal to require females to wear high heels at work? High heel woman shoe. Isolated on a white background.
It's still legal in the UK for a company to require female members of staff to wear high heels at...
Do you buy a daily newspaper or do you read the news online? Desktop monitor, office laptop, tablet PC and black glossy touchscreen smartphones with internet web business news on screen and stack of color newspapers isolated on white background
A brand new daily newspaper, the New Day, is set to close on Friday, just nine weeks after it was...
Do you find supermarket offers misleading? SUPERMARKET
Around four in ten of all products sold in supermarkets are on some kind of special offer as...
Have your tried e-cigarettes as an alternative to smoking? Electronic cigarettes isolated on the white background
Doctors have given e-cigarettes the green light in a new landmark report stating smokers should be...
Do you support or oppose junior doctors in all-out strike? picture of doctor hands giving white pills and glass of water
Today is the first day ever that a Junior Doctor's strike will effect cover in Hospital Accident...
Do you rinse your dishes before placing them in the dishwasher? Open dishwasher with clean utensils in it
It's the argument that divides households - and we want to hear your view. Before putting your...