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I do have to wonder, idly, if HRM's tenure is indicative of HRM's secret ahhh political agenda. Lock 'n' load Tories come hell or high water.

Is it "convention," act of parliament, or "absolute and judicially unchallengeable power to refuse ... assent to a [Retirement, Ma'am or Term Limit] Bill" that keeps HRM on the throne rather than abdicate to HRM's heir apparent? landssakes.

Edward VIII quit. Juan Carlos I quit. Akihito just quit.

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by Cat on Mon Sep 23rd, 2019 at 09:52:01 AM EST
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I don't think HRM ever quite trusted Bonny Prince Charlie to be up to the job and so clung on in the hope the succession might pass him by and go straight to Prince William. She may also have wished to avoid the fate of the Queen Mother reduced to a life of dressing up, the odd tipple, and boring parties. Given she has almost zero discretionary power, I don't know if it matters an awful lot which century she lives in. She adds a veneer of respectability to the truly tawdry business of UK government and the appearance of constitutionality to the unconstitutional. Best to create a real elected Head of State role with real powers.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Sep 23rd, 2019 at 10:40:21 AM EST
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I would point out an advantage of having a separate, non-administrative monarch. In Britain, and many other countries, there is a PM and a queen (or president), while in the US there is only a president.

That means that two important functions of national leadership can be separated in most countries. There is the pomp and circumstance part of government, with parades and fancy dress balls and photo ops and meetings with movie stars, and there is the technical working part of government, with boring committee meetings and complex behind-the-scenes policy decisionmaking. Having the Queen and her entourage on the front page of the tabloids is good, because it allows the PM to work* on actually running the government. In the US, the two jobs are combined, and the POTUS has to alternate between public relations and administration.

*Certain current PMs excluded.

by asdf on Mon Sep 23rd, 2019 at 02:24:51 PM EST
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"He's doing our work for us, in a certain respect," said the speaker of the House.

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by Cat on Mon Sep 23rd, 2019 at 05:49:42 PM EST
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I think she agreed, not because boris pulled the wool oer her eyes (I'm quite sure she knew he was lying) but because Andrew was getting inconvenient headlines and a constitutional scandal was likely to push him off the front pages. She has her own game planners with far more experience than Dominic Cummings. And her scheme worked perfectly.

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by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Sep 23rd, 2019 at 06:55:05 PM EST
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That's more like it.

She wasn't born yesterday.

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by Cat on Mon Sep 23rd, 2019 at 07:03:55 PM EST
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