[su_box title=”News according to Nye” style=”soft” box_color=”#2160ad”]”MPs have to swear allegiance to the Queen before they can take their seats, while those joining the privy council – a requirement for all cabinet ministers – have to do so in person, on bended knee, before the Queen herself.
As an MP, my true allegiance was to my party, my constituents and, above all, my conscience. Therefore, in order to serve in the Commons and the cabinet, I had to tell 18 lies under oath, which I found deeply offensive.
The royal prerogative, exercised not by the Queen but by the prime minister in her name, is seen as the final guarantee that democratic decisions by parliament and the people could never be allowed to undermine the hierarchical and semi-feudal system we have.
The fount of honour has been re-routed from Buckingham Palace and now sprays the holy water of patronage on the chosen few from 10 Downing Street, which appoints archbishops, bishops, cabinet ministers, peers and judges, and fills most senior government posts with the people it wants.” – Tony Benn, Free Radical, 2001
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A tiny committee of MPs almost doubled the publicly funded income of the Royal Family after a 13 minute debate – and rubber-stamped a £360 million refurbishment for Buckingham Palace today.
The increase in the ‘sovereign grant’ from 15 to 25% of Crown Estates income was approved by the ‘Seventh Delegated Legislation Committee”.
Just 17 MPs sit on the committee, which is chaired by Tory Peter Bone.
The reason given for the bumper increase was to pay for major works on the Palace, which has fallen into a degree of disrepair.