Thomas Mathew writes from London: So now we know: on December 31st last year the Queen, who has never made her political views known to her subjects during her sixty years on the throne, has acted completely out of character and decided that should Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge have a daughter she, the daughter that is, would be given the title of princess. Under the present rules a girl born to William and Kate would be styled Lady and not Her Royal Highness. Only a first born boy automatically becomes a prince. Nevertheless, the announcement coming from the Palace states: ‘The Queen has taken action by issuing new Letters Patent, to ensure her great grandchild has a title suitable for a future monarch.’
This has to be a first in the history of the Kingdom because the proposed changes to the Act Of Succession have yet to be debated in parliament and may still not get through the House of Lords. So something is not right here. The Letters Patents are issued by the Crown Office and not by the monarch so it does look that this might be a trick to fool members of the Houses of Commons and the Lords into believing that they have no option other than to approve the changes to the Act because the Queen has supposedly already given it her approval.
But then again since Tony Blair had managed to get his Constitutional Reform Act 2005 on to the statute books, the UK effectively became a republic in all but name, even though the Queen remains head of state. If you don’t believe me just look at the new British passport, at clause 1 in fact, and you will find that only British citizens have the right of abode in the UK. So in effect we have a situation when the people living in the United Kingdom are referred to as ‘citizens’, which is a contradiction in terms. (And why not comrades to please the EU commissars?)
The fact of the matter is that New Labour have quietly pulled off a coup, turning the UK into a republic. The new lot in power continue to dismantle the constitution, supposedly in the name of freedom and equality. But how many hideous crimes in history have been committed in the name of freedom in democracy? Loads.
Members of the House of Commons generally seem to have little or no respect for the constitution. One of the examples of such an attitude is the outrageous way the unelected ConLibDem coalition approved a fixed 5 year term of parliament, to secure its grip on power. And now this very same coalition is rushing through ill-thought out legislation in order to change the Act Of Succession so that in the event that the Duchess of Cambridge’s first born child is a girl, she will become queen on the death of her father, even if the duchess manages subsequently to give birth to a son.
The spin doctors claim that the changes to the Act Of Succession would only apply to the heirs of the present monarch. However, it is not possible to pass legislation or make a law for a specific situation, which is why we are all equal under the law. So I think Mr Nick Clegg, who is masterminding this onslaught on the monarchy, needs to spell out what safeguards will be put in place for all the married couples in this country who under the one thousand year old law of primogeniture have written their wills leaving their family heirlooms and property on trust to their eldest sons?
You can be certain there will not be any safeguards put in place on the basis that there is no need to, since the European Directives have been passed into our law as statutory instruments. We should remember that our politicians agreed terms of treaties which state that if a European directive contravenes a member state’s laws then it overrides that member state’s laws.
No wonder that the powers that be in Brussels do not allow the United Kingdom to build in any safeguards in order to ensure that this country’s great collections of furniture and paintings will not be broken up and to prevent the great historical country houses from mirroring the empty chateaux in France.