Well, he’s raising his sights now

It is incompatible with the twenty first century that we have a monarchy, and all that it implies.

Nor can we have a hereditary head of state.

The presidency, not vermine.

28 thoughts on “Well, he’s raising his sights now”

  1. In which the fat man tells the truth. Asked about the LLP of which his wife is the only other member.

    “I do not take all the profits”

    He takes 99% of them.

  2. It is incompatible with the twenty first century that we have a monarchy,

    I’d better not see Spud-U-Loathe making any favourable comments about Sweden or Denmark then, and Japan is famously a shithole.

    He really is a dimwit.

  3. So long as the monarch steers clear of controversy all can offer their loyalty.
    Has there ever been an elected President with the loyalty of much more than half the people? Maybe for a honeymoon period, but not for longer than that.

  4. The House of Murphy somehow lacks magic and majesty. If only he were Richard FitzMurphy or Richard the Bastard

  5. we actually have both of these things. Whether they will survive the deminse of the current holder is a different question, but if they follow the money I think it might be a profitable sideline. Particularly if we resinstate beheadings as capital punishment! I don’t think Netflix or Amazon could compete with that!

  6. Whilst I was largely republican growing up, I’ve become a weak monarchist in later life, mostly because the best argument in favour of monarchy is the very idea of “President Tony Blair”.

    Richie would probably come a close second.

  7. It is incompatible with the twenty first century that we have a monarchy, and all that it implies.

    What does it imply?

  8. “President Tony Blair”

    Constitutionally limited to doing nothing except smiling at foreign dignitaries and opening hospitals? What’s not to like?

  9. What’s not to like?

    His head not being on a spike on London Bridge a la William Wallace, Thomas More, Bishop John Fisher and Thomas Cromwell.

    At the very least he should have been prosecuted for war crimes.

  10. @Jonathan – re denmark – at one stage the potato was trying to get a job at the university of Copenhagen. Luckily for the danes they’ve got a surplus of qualified janitors. And don’t forget the Dutch, the Belgian, luxembourg,Spain and andorra that are all monarchies. His knowledge would be pitiful, but luckily he’s so unlikeable so no one pities him.

  11. The big benefit of our constitutional monarchy is that the Head of state has no real power and the one with the power is not Head of State. I love the idea that the Prime Minister of the day has to travel to Buckingham Palace to give an account of HM’s government.

  12. Lots of Republics have that though John D.

    The Finns for example have a President with few powers. And unlike the French and Americans, they keep reducing his powers.

    But my favourite is the world’s most extreme anti-Monarchy, Switzerland. The presidency there is so useless that most Swiss could not even tell you who it was at any one time, and the person has literally no extra powers by virtue of being President except tie-breaking in the council. The “head of state” is a council. One with not very many powers either.

  13. Showing a wonderful sense of humour the Irish chose the man as their head of state who most resembled a leprechaun.

  14. Andorra not so much. Isn’t it a Spanish Bishop and the French President? Or is that the old but still recent system?

  15. @Andrewc

    Leprechaun’s are more realistic than Mickey D’s (our little socialist in the park) economic theories.

  16. Bloke in North Dorset

    Andorra not so much. Isn’t it a Spanish Bishop and the French President? Or is that the old but still recent system?

    I listened to a surprisingly interesting history of Andorra recently. He described as a property deal, not a country.

    To your question, a French Count IIRC. And one of them got twice the Tribute as the other but I can’t remember which way round.

  17. Bloke in North Dorset

    I’ve just remembered an amusing tale of incentives in Andorra.

    They grow (grew) black tobacco which by all accounts was disgusting. However because of their unique status they were allowed to sell duty free in to France and German. It didn’t take long for them to cotton on that they could import decent tobacco and still sell cigarettes duty free and make a handsome profit. They even stopped harvesting their own tobacco.

    It didn’t take long for the French and Spanish exchequers to get pissed off with this so it was agreed they could only sell the equivalent of the tobacco they could grow themselves duty free. Needless to say it didn’t take long for their own tobacco to be grown everywhere and then burnt whilst they imported the equivalent amount of decent tobacco to make cigarettes to sell duty free.

  18. Andorra la Vella is best described as the duty free section of Gatwick South, continued for a mile or so. Decent skiing nearby, though.

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