Amazing how up to date the Senior Lecturer is

But on this occasion she cannot avoid responsibility precisely because her role is constitutional and it is the. constitution that is in jeopardy. She does, therefore, have to act. It is her duty to reject Johnson’s call, which has the sole purpose of denying parliament its proper role.

If she does not do so then I think they days when she has a role are over.

And in that case there is no justification for the civil list.

Her Majesty should think long and hard: I’d suggest there is rather a lot at stake here for her and her legacy as well as the rest of us.

Well, yes:

In the United Kingdom, the Civil List was, until 2011, the annual grant that covered some expenses associated with the Sovereign performing their official duties, including those for staff salaries, State Visits, public engagements, ceremonial functions and the upkeep of the Royal Households. The cost of transport and security for the Royal Family, together with property maintenance and other sundry expenses, were covered by separate grants from individual Government Departments. The Civil List was abolished under the Sovereign Grant Act 2011.

That expansion of the universities to include Islington Technical College was a really great idea, wasn’t it.

22 thoughts on “Amazing how up to date the Senior Lecturer is”

  1. I think they days when she has a role are over.

    Candidly, Kommisar Kartoffel is overreaching himself a bit here – using his blog to declare a republic sounds like sedition.

  2. Bloke in North Dorset

    Interesting move by Boris. S i see it, nd I have seen. Political commentator make the point so I my be wrong, but Boris hs effectively forced confidence vote, either now or on the queen’s speech.

    I Sumerian’s he’ll have something in the Queen’s speech about no deal so if he loses either way he can go to the country claiming Parliament is blocking us leaving and it’s the people vs Parliament with him s our tribune.

    That should also neuter The Brexit Party.

  3. There’s a surprising number of hitherto Royalist remainers coming on like old school East End gangsters:

    ‘Ello HMQ. Nice monarchy you got ‘ere. Be a shame if it got broken.

  4. I’m just waiting for the EU to announce they’ve appointed Hammond PM on the back of some “emergency powers” buried in a treaty we’ve already signed.

  5. Dennis, He of Limited Brain Cells

    Richard Murphy lecturing the Queen strikes me as very funny, for some reason.

  6. Of course HMQ would quite like the Civil List or Sovereign Grant as its called now abolished, as she gives up the profits from the Crown Estate in return for the guaranteed SG money. Which given the SG is currently set at 25% of the profits of the CE, which in turn makes over £300m/yr in profits, would make her considerably better off. And a large chunk (40%) of the SG is purely to pay for Buck House to be renovated over a 10 year period, which presumably the taxpayer would be on the hook for regardless who was Head of State. The Queen might even be able to pay for a new Royal Yacht if she had the CE revenues back………..

  7. The people having a breakdown over this wanted to install Ken Clark as Prime Minister last week in order to prevent Brexit.

  8. Rob

    Swinson and Lucas (Murphy’s idol apparently which speaks volumes) gave the game away – even if they lost a second referendum they would not accept the result. It’s reminiscent of the Werwolf activity at the end of World War two. Indeed one factor to consider post Brexit is what will happen to Remain ideology

  9. Most remainers will grudgingly accept the situation after we’re out, but no doubt there will be all sorts of snarking about trade negotiations. A few diehards will start looking for ways to get us back in, no doubt with the connivance of assorted functionaries in Brussels.

  10. Parliament was due to be suspended mid-September through to October for conference season anyway. It’s odd that no-one is mentioning that…

  11. Another Paul: actually, quite a lot of people are mentioning it. The porogument, a year late as it should be annual anyway, leaves Parliament not sitting for four days more than normal. Somebody remind me why the normal new Parliament didn’t happen last autumn, what was so important to have a two-year sitting?

  12. Bloke in North Dorset

    The issue with prorogument for the party conference season is that Parliament votes on it.

    This way Parliament doesn’t get a vote, or at least that’s the convention. Given the poisoned dwarf has really let the mask slip anything could happen.

  13. Jgh: you don’t hear much of it from our parliamentarians. Apparently those 4 extra days are an affront to democracy. Unlike the extra long parliamentary sessions, or trying to install Ken Clarke as PM, or a second referendum, or ignoring the referendum result.

  14. Funny how no one seems to be suggesting they cancel the conference season instead so that Parliament doesn’t have to be prorogued for so long
    Love the timing certainly throws a spanner in the works for the conferences, Boris can use conference to set out the stall for the Queens speech while the rest of the conferences will be apoplectic over the close down and dominated by anti-Brexit campaigners

  15. On the other side this means he can bring back the WA in any form he likes as it will be a new session so the repeat business ruling won’t apply

  16. “‘Parliament only has itself to blame’: readers on plans to suspend parliament”

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/aug/28/parliament-only-has-itself-to-blame-readers-on-plans-to-suspend-parliament

    “I’m sorry but parliament only has itself to blame for where we find ourselves. Parliament legislated for a two year period to negotiate a deal with no deal being the default option. They literally made this law. Parliament then proceeded to vote down multiple times the deal that was put to it despite the EU insisting that it was the only and best deal available and despite the WA being required for whatever type of Brexit transpired, even if ultimately staying in the single market. And they voted it down for their own contrived reasons, and ulterior motives. So once again, it is the members of parliament collectively responsible for where we are today.”

    Yes, that about sums it up. The rest of the comments are predictable, however.

  17. Listening to the Remoaners bleating about Parliamentary Sovereignty really grates. They were silent over the last few decades as Parliament was handing Sovereignty over to Brussels.

    And I see the execrable Gina Miller has another court case in the works. This time to block the suspension of Parliament.

    To hell with them. I hope they all pine away and die after we leave.

  18. “But on this occasion Facebook is being responsible” Ritchie allegedly said

    Raheem Kassam banned by Facebook Ahead Of Brexit Deadline

    Hmm, why? Is Raheem Kassam racist, xenophobe, white supremacist?

    Or because he supports Brexit & Trump? Candace Owen next?

    Tim W’s “their place, their rules” destroyed by SM testifying to Congress & HoC they are “Town Square”

  19. From that Guardian page, I loved this one, which must be the perfect summary of Remainer lunacy:

    Now’s the time to stop all tribal warfare – serious times takes a strong coalition to fight this outrage. All parties came together during the second world war, to fight a foreign enemy, we have an internal enemy who has similar thoughts, to destroy the population and its way of life.

    It has everything: the “tribal warfare” (people disagreeing with them), the appeal for a coalition and eventually the solution – everyone agrees with their position, or else they are the enemy.

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