More hot oath news – MPs plan to ditch oath of allegiance to Queen

As reported with predictable hurrumphing in both the Telegraph and the Mail (complete with traditional, unfunny Mail cartoon.)

Of course, Lord Tebbit is quite right. The oath taken by MPs worked very well for most of its existence, excluding Catholics, nonconformists, atheists and other undesirables from taking up their seats in the Commons.

Also, ‘John Prescott, the former Deputy Prime Minister, was said to have deliberately mumbled the words.’ Deliberately?

Oh, and over here, Michael White offers the usual shabby argument that it’s ‘better the devil you know’ as far as the monarchy is concerned. After all, if you went for a republic, you might just get some crappy elected politician instead. Like Nelson Mandela. The example of the German Presidency is also worthless in a British context given the very obvious historical reasons why the Germans now prefer a low-key essentially ceremonial national figurehead to a powerful head of state.

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