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What Is The Duchy Of Lancaster?

The Duchy of Lancaster made headlines recently after secret documents revealed that it had invested about £10 million of the Queen’s private money in offshore funds. But what exactly is the Duchy of Lancaster? The Duchy is a private estate … Continue reading

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The Mirror’s Article About Peers’ Expenses Has A Problem

A recent article in the Daily Mirror claims that members of the House of Lords are effectively bilking the taxpayer. The paper highlighted seventeen peers who have received over £400,000 in expenses between them despite failing to speak, sit on a committee … Continue reading

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Some Notions About Motions

The Daily Telegraph’s Gordon Rayner included a real howler in his article about the DUP’s rebellion in the Commons last week: “Because the motions have been tabled by the Opposition they are not legally binding…” Rayner was referring to the … Continue reading

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Fact-Checking Today I Found Out’s Video On The Queen’s Powers

Some of you may be familiar with Today I Found Out, a popular YouTube channel that makes explanatory videos on a wide range of topics. Today’s video featured a subject near and dear to my heart: the Queen’s powers. I’ve … Continue reading

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Voting Down The Queen’s Speech

With the Conservatives still short of a deal that will guarantee their majority, there is a real chance that Theresa May’s government could be defeated on the Queen’s Speech. A reader named Nathan recently wrote to ask if any examples … Continue reading

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No, Jeremy Corbyn Didn’t Need To Bow To The Queen

Several readers have asked me about Jeremy Corbyn’s failure to bow to the Queen during the State Opening of Parliament. Some on social media have accused him of showing a lack of respect for Her Majesty, while others have lauded … Continue reading

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Why Did Theresa May Cancel The 2018 Queen’s Speech?

The Queen’s diary just got a bit lighter. The Leader of the Commons, Andrea Leadsom, has announced that there will be no Speech from the Throne next year. A Parliament is traditionally divided into several sessions, each of which begins … Continue reading

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Queen’s Speech To Be Delayed…Maybe

Conflicting reports in the media have suggested that the Queen’s Speech might not take place on June 19 as originally planned (while the Daily Telegraph made the delay seem like a certainty, the BBC suggests that the issue is still undecided). … Continue reading

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Will Theresa May’s Deal With The DUP Work?

(UPDATE [6/12/17]: It looks like talk of a firm deal between the Tories and the DUP was premature. Downing Street now says that talks are still ongoing.) Theresa May will indeed be staying in Downing Street, for now at least. According … Continue reading

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How Will The Hung Parliament Play Out?

Theresa May’s decision to call a snap election looks like it has backfired spectacularly. The Conservatives have lost their majority, and Britain will have a hung Parliament. In a hung Parliament, no party has an overall majority in the Commons. … Continue reading

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