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Queen in Charge?

Lord Mandelson has denied that he is effectively “in charge” of the Titanic country while both Gordon and Harriet are on holiday. Which means that he probably is in the driving seat .. but then, what’s new?

All this does raise the interesting question (for anoraks like yours truly, at least) of what the legal “order of succession” is as far as the position of head of government is concerned.

The thing is, though, that it’s surely all rather academic … after all, who appoints the Prime Minister in the first place? In whose name is the government run? Of course, it’s the monarch. I would have thought that after all is said and done, it is the Queen who is ultimately in charge.

What’s that? An unelected person in charge of the nation? Now where have we heard that before….


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