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While the Queen is seen as having had little choice, and is therefore personally blameless, the episode does highlight the uselessness of the monarchy as an institution, and I doubt HRH is best pleased about that.

In Ireland, for instance, the largely ceremonial Head of state is the President who does have the power to refer any Bills sent to him for signature by the government to the Supreme Court first, in order to test their Constitutionality.

Could the Queen's advisors not have advised her to do similarly? It seems not. But if the Monarchy is not to be an absolutely useless fig leaf for untrammelled PM power it has to be either abolished or made more useful. Can she do anything without or against the advice of her PM?

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Sep 24th, 2019 at 04:04:55 PM EST
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Rly? HRM is a "victim"?

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by Cat on Tue Sep 24th, 2019 at 04:30:33 PM EST
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She is being made to look toothless, which is not a good look for a 93 year old Queen

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Sep 24th, 2019 at 05:34:20 PM EST
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Her mother looked toothless, but it might have been the result of uncorking her gin bottles with her gnashers.

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by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Tue Sep 24th, 2019 at 06:21:40 PM EST
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