2014.8.7【中译英】英国世袭制度引争议-Royal birth sparks debate on monarchy

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不久前,英国各大媒体为王室宝宝的到来而狂热不已。记者们在凯特王妃入住的医院外驻扎多日,电视主持人们则占用黄金时段来推测宝宝的名字和继承王位的时间。英国小报《太阳报》(The Sun)甚至在王室宝宝诞生当天将其报头改成了《太子报》(The Son)。

Media outlets in the UK went berserk over the arrival of the royal baby. Reporters camped for days outside the hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge stayed; TV presenters spent prime time slots speculating on the baby’s name or when it would ascend the throne; tabloid newspaper The Sun ¬even changed its masthead to “The Son” on the day the royal birth was announced.

 

然而,媒体铺天盖地的报道令许多人大为光火。批判性新闻杂志《侦探》仅在其封面印上寥寥几个粗体字:“王妃生了”,以调侃其他媒体对此次非新闻性事件的狂热。《卫报》则在其网站上添加了“共和党人”的按钮,为“非保皇派”用户自动屏蔽关于王室宝宝诞生的话题。
But many were irritated by the intense media coverage. Satirical news magazine Private Eye printed one simple sentence in bold letters on its cover: “Woman Has Baby”, to ridicule other media outlets’ frenzy over an event the editors considered to be non-news. The Guardian’s website featured a “republican” button to make all talk of the royal baby disappear for non-Royalist readers.

 

最初的狂喜过后,许多人开始思考对一个特权家族投入过多的关注是否有些可笑。而更有甚者,英国共和党人士声称应该废除君主制。

Following the initial excitement, many wonder if it isn’t a bit silly to pay so much attention to one privileged family. But the UK’s republicans are taking it a step further — they argue that the British monarchy should be abolished altogether.

 

这一争论由来已久,很多人也认为这样做合情合理:英国是民主国家,因此王室更多扮演的是礼仪性的角色。同时,王室的开销还要靠纳税人来买单,它也不再能够代表一个如此多元化的国家。
This is not a new argument and to many it makes a lot of sense: The UK is a democracy, therefore the role of the royals is largely ceremonial. The royal family is also dependent on tax-payers’ money and no longer represents this highly diversified country.

 

但不可否认的是,英国王室深受英国人爱戴。据益普索•莫里调查机构于上月进行的一项民意调查显示,77%的英国人希望保留君主制。理由之一是王室能为旅游业带来巨大创收。
But the British people love their royals, and that’s a fact. According to a poll by Ipsos Mori last month, 77 percent of Britons want their country to remain a monarchy. For one thing, the royal family brings in heaps of tourism revenues.

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