Looking Back on 2022

BY ALEX STORY The men were gathered around the barbecue toying with red coals. A Down Syndrome boy slid the glass door and stepped into the garden. He looked up and said as clearly as his disability allowed: “The Queen is dead”. A long silence followed. He then added: “It’s ok because her son is now King”. As he made his way back into the … Continue reading Looking Back on 2022

Grasshoppers in the Fields

BY ALEX STORY Edmund Burke wrote in Reflections on the Revolution in France, published in 1790, a year after the storming of the Bastille: “Because half a dozen grasshoppers under a fern make the field ring with their importunate chink, whilst thousands of great cattle, reposed beneath the shadow of the British oak, chew the cud and are silent, pray do not imagine that those … Continue reading Grasshoppers in the Fields

Her Majesty & Brexit

BY JAMIE FOSTER The Brexit row involving Dominic Grieve and others may risk dragging the Queen in to politics. Parliamentarians have a sacred duty not to involve the monarch in politics but Brexit is risking breaching that duty. This is due to the fact that the government and the Commons are being brought into conflict about how the legislation is to be considered. In this … Continue reading Her Majesty & Brexit

Queen Gives Royal Assent to Brexit Bill

CSM EDITORIAL History was made yesterday after the Queen gave Royal Assent to the Brexit Bill – clearing the way for Theresa May to trigger Britain’s divorce from the EU. Speaker John Bercow told the Commons that the monarch has formally signed off the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill. But although the PM now has the powers to invoke the two-year Article 50 process … Continue reading Queen Gives Royal Assent to Brexit Bill