Written by Bob Lomas
In this, the beginning of the twenty-first century the people of the once United Kingdom of Great Britain find themselves disenfranchised, a nation deceived and betrayed. Robbed of their lawful birth right to be an independent sovereign self governing people of self political determination. The British people find themselves a nation undone, victims of political and social evolution and as such exposed to the predations of political self seeking opportunists within their political structure, in turn supported by traditional foreign enemies with vulturous intent.
The constitutional system that afforded the nation social protection and stability, expressed in the principles of the Magna Carta 1215 and the Bill of Rights 1689, that enshrined all that the nation was for nearly a thousand years is no more and arguably cannot nor could not be restructured in the modern world excellent though it was. The fact that it was so easily overturned as the demands of social evolutionary expansion prised open the cracks of age and so exposed the vulnerability of principles founded in times of comparative social isolation, prove the essential need to adapt changing political circumstances and social aspirations.
All social structures need a leader to referee and coordinate the social aspirations of the mass within the rules and laws agreed on. Our ancient system of monarchy worked well but often proved vulnerable when weak and/or dishonest monarchs allowed themselves to be influenced by foreign powers, in particular the Church of Rome, to the potential detriment and security of their subjects. In 1640 such an instance resulted in civil war. The offending King Charles 1st was executed and the nation became a Commonwealth under the protection of Oliver Cromwell. Twelve years later Cromwell was dead and another King, Charles II, was crowned and the nation returned to being a monarchy. Charles II was succeeded by James II who also treasonously leaned to the Church of Rome and was deposed in the Glorious Revolution of 1688.
It was time to sort matters out. A declaration of Right was drawn up and Protestants William and Mary of Orange were offered the Crown providing they agreed to abide by the rules and conditions laid down by the state and clarified in the Coronation Oath Act 1688 and the Bill of Rights 1689. There would be no more rule by divine right and no more official reigning. The Monarch would be the official Governor of the nation and Head of the Executive, much the same as a president. The hereditary system of Royal ascent would be kept in order to prevent it being bought into or politically taken over. The coronation would be both an election and a wedding between the people and the Monarch. The Monarch would wear a ring proclaiming the marriage and swear to govern the people according to their laws and customs.Thus the people would be the Monarch and the Monarch the people. The Monarch would mount a Parliament on the people’s behalf and delegate the authority of governance to a political party of the people’s choice for a strictly limited period, but not the power of governance which would remain with the Monarch and so the people, thus through the Monarch the people would maintain control over their own Parliament.
To establish that Parliament was no more than a temporarily appointed administration and legislature without any powers of its own whatsoever, all parliamentarians would swear an oath of allegiance to the Monarch and through the monarch to the people. At the time of the coronation the people would vest in the Monarch enormous Royal prerogative powers to prevent a Parliament from becoming despotic, including the power to dismiss all ministers and dissolve Parliament at any time during its short life. The Monarch would also be made Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces to ensure any action the Monarch might need to take to overpower a despotic Parliament could be taken unopposed, and to ensure this, all members of the Armed Forces would take an oath of allegiance to the Monarch and so to the people. For obvious reasons Parliament therefore would have no authority or control over the Armed Forces.
By and large for the next 230 years all went well. The succeeding Monarchs upheld their coronation oaths, the Constitution and the people’s laws. George III was particularly strict in refusing Royal assent to Bills that he deemed to be unconstitutional, such as Prime Minister Pitt’s Catholic Emancipation Bill. Queen Victoria would simply put such Bills on one side and forget about them. Edward VII monitored all Bills closely and strongly refused to give his Royal assent to Bills when in his opinion it was warranted, but he was the last British Monarch to do so. Edward VII was succeeded by his son George V, seemingly of weak character and not over bright. Liberal Prime Minister Asquith, a recognised Fabian Socialist, did by means of a lie persuade George V that the Coronation Oath and Royal prerogative powers invested in him by the people, including the power of Royal assent to parliamentary Bills, had become by convention no longer valid and no more than traditional formality, despite convention having no force in law.
At that time the Monarchy had become so distanced from the people George V did not understand his position as Head of the Executive or that he was no more than custodian of the powers vested in him by the people for his lifetime, after which they would return to the people to be once more vested in the succeeding Monarch. By surrendering to Parliament powers that were not in his gift George V effectively not only abdicated but ended the Monarchy, as from then on the Monarchy and so the people themselves became no more than a traditional appendage without power or influence over Parliament. The Constitutional British Monarchy had been, by political deceit and treason, reduced to no more than the ineffective monarchies of Europe and the British people no longer had a national leader.
Photo by Lichfield District Council