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The Queen’s dilemma over cheating judges

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WINDSOR Castle has been home for the Queen for many years. Long ago she let it be known that it was easier to entertain visitors there than in London. At Windsor the Queen is surrounded by portraits of her German ancestors, the three Georges and their children. One painting of George the Second with his family depicts two girls who are the doubles of herself and her late sister. There are many reminders of the German Prince Albert, who was the obvious role model for Prince Philip.

Kensington in London is Albert’s memorial – the Albert Hall, the museums, the colleges and of course the gloriously over-the-top Albert Memorial. Balmoral Castle, the Queen’s Scottish home, was bought with Albert’s influence. Prince Philip’s family came from Germany although he was Philip of Greece.

Yet the Queen knows the other face of Germany from the war. She knows, as a Naval officer’s daughter and from the first years of marriage as a Navy wife on Malta, that people like her father and her husband defeated the Kaiser and Hitler. It was they who prevented Stalin from starting another war, not a bunch of clerks in Brussels.

She knows the value of peace.

She also knows the wisdom of listening to the people.

Ordinary people have a knack of stripping away the clutter around a decision and dealing with the heart of the matter. Given the choice of becoming a province of a European super-power or keeping their own country with its history and links with the English-speaking world, the people chose to keep their country.

The Queen is in a tricky position because Parliament and now the Supreme Court judges are trying to overrule the people’s choice and even preventing a general election. What advice will the Prime Minister give her if the Speaker, who has taken over Parliament – and there must be a rule about that – decides to replace the Prime Minister with himself or a person who will do his bidding?

My understanding is that Parliament consists of the Commons, the Lords and the Sovereign. Deciding whether Parliament should rise is decided by the Prime Minister who advises the Queen. Both are part of Parliament. The Supreme Court judges claimed that deciding when Parliament sits happens outside Parliament. Obviously that cannot be correct because the Queen is part of Parliament.

The judges ruled that Parliament should find a way forward. It’s not their job, it’s the government’s. The judges are trying to make themselves jury as well. They obviously could not find a twelfth judge! According to their ruling, any law can be challenged by the Supreme Court and overturned if they think fit. That is breaking Common Law. Parliament sets the law because Parliament can be kicked out by the people.

The Queen invites an MP to be her Prime Minister and form a government. Ministers are appointed by the Queen. They kiss her hand and receive a Warrant that allows them to spend our money.

She will recognise hogwash when it’s on display but, rightly, she will expect Parliament to safeguard its rights and hers. If I were Boris I would involve the Privy Council in sacking all 11 judges and scrapping the Supreme Court. Let them all go to the ECJ and take Tony Blair with them. All are guilty of abusing their positions of trust to advance the political interests of a foreign power. They are no better than Philby, Blake, Blunt and all the others who worked for the Soviet Union against their own country. Indeed, it appears that the EU is the replacement for the Soviet Union among the liberal establishment.

This attempt to cheat the voters has placed the Queen in a very awkward position. Members of the Armed Forces and civilians like the police swear an oath of allegiance to the Queen, her heirs and successors. We are not loyal to anyone else. The judges have tried to change the law for political gain and have achieved something remarkable in modern Britain: they have set us on the road to civil war. Already we are being forced to decide which side we will be on. The Queen will want to stop that happening. The judges could help her by all eleven resigning.

The judges and Bercow are involved in a coup. They think that because they are judges no one can touch them. My hunch is they’re in for a nasty surprise. The Queen through the whole Privy Council may have to remind serving police that the PM is called
Johnson. President Bercow of the EU Republic of Westminster and Notting Hill is what the Donald calls a fake. Whose orders to obey is actually very easy. Everyone in the Volunteer Reserves swears the same oath of allegiance to the Queen.

Mind, the Queen has much stronger influences than Europe. She has visited most places in the Commonwealth and now she sends her grandchildren and great-grandchildren on the same mission.

As a 21-year-old Princess she made a radio broadcast from South Africa, vowing to serve the people of the British Empire and Commonwealth for the rest of her life. It’s on the internet and worth watching: it tells you a great deal about our Queen.

A few years after that broadcast she took her father’s place and has been served for much of her reign by prime ministers and ministers who couldn’t care less about anything save Auntie Brussels, let alone the Commonwealth.

Often almost single-handed, the Queen has kept alive our lifelines to the Commonwealth through thousands of personal encounters and relationships. Today the Commonwealth countries together are a quarter of the people on this planet with an output larger than than the EU. They are keen to resume trading as we used to before the early 1970s. Our closest allies are three Commonwealth countries and the USA.

I think history will judge our close bonds with the Commonwealth as the Queen’s greatest victory.

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Adrian Hill
Adrian Hill
Adrian Hill. Former soldier and diplomat, afterwards member of CBI Council and author.

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