Monday, 14 March 2016

Orb and Sceptre

The Sun is heading for oblivion over its fantasies about the Queen. The little remaining reputation of Michael Gove (remember him?) is unlikely ever to recover from this whole sorry business.

The one thing that has already been established beyond reasonable doubt is that of course the Queen supports continued British membership of the European Union.

The Queen, like the institution that she embodies, has always supported as much overseas control as possible over the affairs of this Realm.

Having an Empire is itself a form of such control, necessarily placing an Imperial Power under obligations and influences elsewhere.

On this Commonwealth Day, remember that all citizens of Commonwealth countries, as well as of the Irish Republic, may not only vote, but even stand, in elections to the House of Commons, may thus become Prime Minister, and may also vote in the EU referendum.

They are also eligible to be raised to the peerage, while there is literally no nationality requirement whatever in order to inherit a peerage, and with it the right to vote and stand in the election of representative hereditary peers.

Nor is there any for bishops of the Church of England. And nor is there any in order to inherit the Throne.

Personally, I would allow anyone legally resident here to vote, provided that only British Citizens, and citizens of countries that allowed ours to do so, could stand for election.

The achingly pro-EU Irish Republic would solve the problem of its large number of passport-holders in the United Kingdom by enfranchising all resident EU citizens, with a provision that that would not be lost if one's country left the EU.

The Irish would hardly notice how that covered Britain, a country about which they now hardly think.

Britain is probably unique in the world in being inhabited by at least someone from every country that there is. No small part of that state of affairs is connected with the monarchy.

Even Henry VIII never gave up his dream of an Empire in France.

In any case, if his reign was indeed a monarchical assertion of national independence, then consider that his line was entirely extinct after only the second generation.

The ecclesiastical body that he had created also set its face for centuries against the cause in which he had done so. Time was when even the Mothers' Union did not admit divorcees to membership.

All three of Henry VIII's surviving children became monarchs. But he had no grandchildren at all. Therefore, he has no descendants. In any sense.

1 comment:

  1. As you know, American paleocons have always understood it: if you take over the world, the world will take you over in turn.