LAST WORD: David Starkey debates with Maryam Namazie on the monarchy


LAST WORD: David Starkey debates with Maryam Namazie on the monarchy
by Darius Kadivar

British Historian David Starkey's "Last Word" talk show with Iranian communist and human rights activist Maryam Namazie, journalists Mathew Parris and Johann Hari, discussing whether Iran should be bombed (of course not!) and the relevance or not of the monarchy in our modern age.

Hosted by the Ever Witty and politically incorrect David Starkey. This debate took place in 2006 but the issues debated seem of equal concern today. You Be the Judge ...

Aired on More4 TV April 19th 2006:

To Watch Click Here

Maryam Namazie's Blog Here

David Starkey Bio Here



British and Iranian Royals



Ahmad Shah Qajar welcomed at Guildhall, London by Albert Frederick Arthur George 
Future King George VI (1919):

Shah of Iran and Queen Soraya's State Visit to Great Britain (1955):

Shah and Shahbanou Farah with European Royals:

Iranian businessman Mahmoud Khayami decorated by Queen:

The UK minister of education decorated the founder of Iranian car industry Mahmoud Khayami on behalf of Queen Elizabeth of England with a prestigious decoration CBE for his philanthropist works in England and around the world . Mr Khayami left his wealth in Iran during revolution but rebuilt his business with success in the years following his exile.

Related pictory:

BERTIE & AHMAD: Ahmad Shah Qajar greeted by Future King George VI

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DUKE: Shahbanou Farah and Prince Philip

ROYALTY: Shah Greets Princess Margaret and Earl of Snowdon at Golestan Palace (1970's)

Recommended Watching:

HISTORY FORUM:The Monarchy with David Starkey (Cambridge University)

HISTORY FORUM: How Truly Democratic is The British Monarchy ?

Stephen Fry On Why Monarchy Is Imperfect Yet Should Be Preserved

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Maryam Namazie was quite a lousy interviewee

by amirparvizforsecularmonarchy on

She needed to explain what the policy of the west is, how it is in love with islam in govt and to stop supporting such an approach.  She called the late shah a dictator, that lie has less and less buyers now that people are using dictionaries to learn the actual definitions of words. Of course he was not elected, but the way ignoramuses sloppiliy define a dictator is someone who leads a system that does not have elections every few years and in which leaders constantly change.  Such systems have given humanity its worst dictators is a fact they over look as is the fact the late shah does't have a single case of using absolute power.

Explaining Iranian culture to Iranians is such a necessity in this age.