Harry & Meghan: A Deeper Look at Finding Freedom

It might be difficult to find new things to say about Finding Freedom by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand. The press coverage they received, rows over tiaras, and just plain score settling have all been extensively discussed already. Mostly, the book traces events that are already pretty well documented but from the perspective of Duke…

The Queen and Prorogation

**This blog was first posted on LinkedIn on 29th August 2019** There is much discussion about the decision of Boris Johnson to prorogue Parliament and what it means for the role of the monarchy. To prorogue Parliament means that one session of Parliament ends, and another begins when it meets again. While prorogued, Parliament does…

One Meaningful Vote Too Far: Is Bercow Right?

On Monday, the Speaker, John Bercow, has made a major intervention into the Brexit process. By ruling that the government cannot bring back the “same or substantially the same motion” any chance of Meaningful Vote III this week has practically disappeared. Bercow stated: “If the government wishes to bring forward a new proposition, which is…

Even if May has the Confidence of the House; A Lack of “Plan B” Makes Extending Article 50 Inevitable

Once upon a time, it would all have been much more straightforward. Theresa May would have made the “meaningful vote” a matter of confidence, so that if the government lost the vote, May would immediately see the Queen, and request a dissolution of Parliament to trigger a general election. But not anymore. This is because…