Monday, 26 November 2007
Wider still and wider…...
I would imagine that one of the by products of the election of Kevin Rudd as Australia’s new Labor (sic) Prime Minister will be to finally push our Cousins towards constitutional reform and the creation of their republic.
After his election victory Mr. Rudd, an ardent republican, has already stated that the question over the Australia’s constitution and relationship with the monarchy should again be put to the people.
The referendum on the issue in 1999 resulted in a rejection of the proposal to end the current constitutional arrangement however critics of the referendum argued that it was rigged in favour of monarchists because it gave voters only the option of having Parliament elect a President and not the direct election of a head of state by the people.
As polls in Australia have consistently shown a desire for a republic one can only wish Barry Humphries well in the role once duly elected.
But this set me wondering. Just out of a sense of tradition are there any territories that no longer acknowledge the authority of the Crown that perhaps ought to or that we should claim just to annoy the inhabitants.
I have pondered the possibility that a petition should be raised on the Downing Street website asking that our Dark Lord beseech Her Britannic Majesty to lay claim to somewhere just for the sheer hell of it.
Now there’s the trick.
The United States is too obvious. To state intent in the fullest of time to recover Hong Kong and enter into an alliance with Taiwan could be fun. To desire the reunification of Northern and Southern Rhodesia under the Crown might actually be a good idea so best to be avoided just in case someone says yes.
But perhaps the most obvious hackle raiser would be to ask for our bits of France back. Not just Calais though, I’m not sure that that on its own would be worth the trouble.
Or is that the French asking for their bits of England back?
Who cares. On, on, you noblest English ‘cause tonight we’re gonna party like it’s 1415.
Unless you can think of somewhere better.