Notwithstanding the inane TV coverage of the Jubilee events, the overwhelming sentiment in Britain - and across the Commonwealth - of the Queen is job well done. The nobbly-kneed beardy Republicans were as out of step and out of tune with public opinion as Sir Cliff Richard was at the cringing concert. But, what if Britain had become a republic? It could have happened after the Suez Crisis, or as a result of the alleged Zuckerman plot in 1973, or indeed the Winter of Discontent in 1979 or perhaps during the Miners Strike. Where would the UK (?) perhaps the Republic of the Federated States of Britain be now? What would Britains influence be like in the world? Would we have gone fully Europhile and adopted the Euro or sought isolationism and the end to the special relationship with the US. Perhaps no Gulf War I and II? No Afghanistan? Certainly no Commonwealth, per se. Although I am a loyalist I am also fascinated in the what might have been for Britain. Any grown-up thoughts?