Monday, July 20, 2009

Revive the monarchy?

Nepal royalists for referendum to revive monarchy

We can hope.

Here's an editorial by an African who believes in elected government. His naive shock that elected governments are doing bad things with the powers they so heroically wrested from kings is heart-rending.

Nigeria: The Stench From the British House of Commons

The people, led by Parliament, fought to wrestle power from the King only for Parliament to now turn against the tax payers in Britain by fleecing them. It must be said in clear terms that the present MPs have done a hugely reprehensible disservice to the memory of their compatriots who paid the supreme sacrifice to ensure Britain is governed by law and not by the will of one man.

For me, the 'expenses scandal' constitutes an emergency upon which the monarchy, if it still enjoys any modicum of power, should have dissolved the Parliament in order to save the British institution from disrepute and world-wide odium, especially since the scandal cuts across party lines. The British Constitution-cum-Democracy has been the source from which many nations of the world have drawn strength in constitutional development of their respective countries. That the MPs could dig their hands such unscrupulously and unabashedly into the public till reveals their inability to appreciate the moral influence the British institution, over the ages, exert on other nations of the world. What then should the British Parliament expect from the National Assemblies in Africa, Middle East, Asia and places where Britain is preaching the gospel of democracy and good governance?...

If indeed they wish to be remembered as men that have any modicum of honour, they should immediately, without further delay, pass a (unanimous) resolution calling on Queen Elizabeth to dissolve the Parliament. Then can the world believe that they are indeed sorry for their sins.

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