Friday, March 27, 2009
Her Maj has been thrust into the spotlight, in a move which smacks of breathtaking spinning, as Beleaguered Brown fights for his political survival and the headlines get worse for him by the day. The Orange Party is usually happy to go along for a spin on happy fridays but this really takes the right royal biscuit.
King is running the economy, the Queen is running the State and the prime minister is just running around.
So today of all days it's revealed Brown and the Palace have discussed plans to change the rules of succession to the throne, including giving royal women equal rights.
Some MPs today launched a bid to bring in changes by reforming the 1701 Act of Settlement but the government has said time and again it would not support this particular MPs’ move, though the prime minister wants “progress” on the issue.
Back in 2005, with an election round the corner, that very issue of the monarchy was raised.
Then Downing Street told the BBC: "We don't believe in any change to the present system and this is not an issue that has been raised in any significant form during our National Policy Forum consultation process or during The Big Conversation."
Nothing much has changed, so why the big deal now? Could it be anything to do with drawing attention away from the Brown mess and his pointless trip to South America?
The tactics worked a treat. Brown's Brazillian briefing, that he's had talks with the Queen, neatly diverted the baying press hounds from savaging his deluded Save The World tour.
Meanwhile more troops are poised to be sent to the hopeless new Vietnam war in Afghanistan. There's further signs today the economy is in ruins and Brown's G20 vanity summit is turning into a pointless, expensive and increasingly dangerous charade.
There is a huge debate to be had over constitutional issues and indeed the whole future of the monarchy.
Politicians on all sides should be free to debate, particularly as some believe it is an anachronism in a modern, democratic society.
But most MPs don't want to stick their head above the parapet right now, with an election around the corner and an eye on their constituents and their seats.
There is a time to get it out in the open and have a proper discussion about a modern monarchy but now is neither the time nor the place.
Stick it in the manifesto and see how that plays out with voters.
Picture: Private Eye 1998