Author Topic: Kate & William  (Read 10769 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Ferrets

  • "Rugby referees are like bees. They communicate through interpretative dance movements."
  • Hero Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 2843
  • Dych chi'n moyn dishgled?
Re: Kate & William
« Reply #90 on: November 24, 2010, 09:28:06 AM »
The ever-reliable TVTropes has a small section on the Royals in politics at the end of its British Political System article):

Quote
Mostly, however, the monarch just drinks tea and advises the Prime Minister. Several prime ministers, among them Margaret Thatcher, have attested that this is typically not just ceremony: the Queen has access to most significant government documents, and apparently, has spent several hours a day every day for the last fifty or so years going through them. There's very little she doesn't know about government policy.

However:

Quote
While the monarch does technically have the ability to veto any act of Parliament, to refuse a nominated Prime Minister, to sack the Prime Minister if he messes up, or to mobilise the army, to actually do so would likely cause a massive public outcry as it would be going against the will of the people by virtue of going against their democratically-elected leader. It is also extremely unlikely that the monarch could face-off against the rest of the British political establishment and win.

Charles I tried tangling with Parliament, and ended up...well, several inches shorter, and not in need of any hats for the foreseeable future. The monarchy these days, by and large, know better than to even attempt it.

Quote
However, the current Queen does have one useful function. As the armed forces swear allegiance to the monarch and not to the Government, should the Prime Minister declare himself a dictatorial leader the queen can directly order them to stand down and, if necessary, turn against Westminster. This would be an awesome ending to a film, if anyone wants to make it.

Yes. Yes, it would. 8)

RingTailedLemur

  • Hero Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 2847
  • Rudeness is a small person's imitation of power.
Re: Kate & William
« Reply #91 on: December 02, 2010, 04:28:41 AM »
Quote
In addition to opening Parliament, only The Queen can summon Parliament, and prorogue (discontinue without dissolving it) or dissolve it.

http://www.royal.gov.uk/MonarchUK/QueenandGovernment/QueeninParliament.aspx


One Goat to Rule Them All

  • Hero Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 1994
Re: Kate & William
« Reply #92 on: December 02, 2010, 06:50:48 PM »

Quote
However, the current Queen does have one useful function. As the armed forces swear allegiance to the monarch and not to the Government, should the Prime Minister declare himself a dictatorial leader the queen can directly order them to stand down and, if necessary, turn against Westminster. This would be an awesome ending to a film, if anyone wants to make it.

Yes. Yes, it would. 8)

I could totally see this happening in a Doctor Who episode!

Twik

  • A Pillar of the Forum
  • *****
  • Posts: 28735
Re: Kate & William
« Reply #93 on: December 03, 2010, 10:12:34 AM »
Juan Carlos in Spain helped defeat a military coup by going on television and telling people to support the elected government.
My cousin's memoir of love and loneliness while raising a child with multiple disabilities will be out on Amazon soon! Know the Night, by Maria Mutch, has been called "full of hope, light, and companionship for surviving the small hours of the night."

DangerMouth

  • Work as if you were in the early days of a better nation.
  • Super Hero!
  • ****
  • Posts: 7482
  • Everybody Gets Ice Cream!
Re: Kate & William
« Reply #94 on: December 03, 2010, 10:44:10 AM »
Juan Carlos in Spain helped defeat a military coup by going on television and telling people to support the elected government.

Does that mean the revolution will be or won't be televised? ;D