Who’s the ‘Us’ David Bowie wants Scotland to stay with?

Feb 22, 2014 by

By Julian Mann, God & Politics in the UK David Bowie’s political intervention in the Scottish independence debate at the Brit pop music awards – ‘Scotland stay with us’ – raises a very important question of national definition. What is the uniting ethos, the common political, moral and social outlook, which he believes ‘Scotland’ shares with ‘us’ in the other two nations and one province of the current United Kingdom?   In an era...

read more

Buckingham Palace lists Catholics in line of succession

Aug 14, 2013 by

By Richard Palmer, Daily Express BUCKINGHAM Palace has listed two Roman Catholics in the line of succession in apparent contravention of the law. Lord Nicholas Windsor, the youngest son of the Duke and Duchess of Kent and a great grandson of George V, converted to Catholicism in 2001, his Croatian wife Paola is a Catholic, and their two sons Albert and Leopold were baptised as Catholics.   Under the terms of the 1701 Act of Settlement Catholics are banned from succession to the throne....

read more

Shut up, royal baby haters. Monarchy is awesome.

Jul 25, 2013 by

By Dylan Mattews, Washington Post (Hat Tip: David Lindsay) The British monarchy is, like all monarchies, a deeply, deeply silly institution. It should be mocked mercilessly and frequently. But should it be abolished?   That what the 15 percent to 20 percent of Britons who support becoming a republic with an elected head of state want. And a lot of Americans, Gawker’s resident polemicist Hamilton Nolan among them, share the antipathy. The Guardian has helpfully developed a filter for...

read more

Britain could have two rival monarchs if Commonwealth fails to agree primogeniture law change

Jul 21, 2013 by

By Melanie Hall, Telegraph A failure by Commonwealth states to change the primogeniture rule could lead to a first-born daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge becoming monarch in the UK – but a later son being king in other countries. Many Commonwealth countries have failed to agree to the new law, which would allow a first-born daughter of Kate and William becoming the monarch even if they later have a son. Without this agreement, a situation could arise where a first-born...

read more

Canada’s independence is at stake

Jul 6, 2013 by

By Philippe Lagassé, Ottawa Citizen A royal baby and successor to the throne of Canada is expected to be born in the coming days. When the child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrives, monarchists will cheer, celebrity-watchers will gawk and republicans will scoff. Constitutional lawyers, meanwhile, will be preparing for a court battle over Parliament’s new royal succession law.   While it is easy to wonder why royal succession is causing a constitutional ruckus, we...

read more

A coronation for OUR Times

May 20, 2013 by

By Cole Moreton, Telegraph Britain has changed dramatically since the Queen was crowned in 1953. Cole Moreton reports on the Church’s plans to update the ceremony There are some things you just don’t talk about, and the crowning of the next king is one of them. It would be “impolite” to start planning a coronation while the existing monarch is still alive, I was told last week by one of those who may be involved when the time comes. Quite right, too. As the Queen...

read more