David Cameron told us that now wasn’t the time for a referendum on the EU, saying it was more important to sort out the economy and that most people were more interested in jobs and the cost of living than having a referendum on the EU.
So it’s not the right time to sort out the cause of our doom-spiralling economy, high unemployment and high cost of living but it is apparently the right time to sort out the laws governing succession to the throne to allow the monarch to marry Catholics, girls to accede to the throne ahead of boys and to remove the requirement for the monarch to authorise royal marriages.
I wonder how many people have written to their MPs asking them to make these changes? I reckon most MPs will have had somewhere in the region of zero letters about this and quite rightly so – it doesn’t matter.
But the changes that are being made are. The monarch is the head of the Anglican church, how can they marry a Catholic? The changes require amendments to Act of Settlement and the Bill of Rights – I just don’t trust the British government to make changes to the English constitution. They’re already talking about a British Bill of Rights and Responsibilities again, is this going to be used as an opportunity to do away with the English Bill of Rights and replace it with an inferior British alternative?
This is a pointless distraction, an unnecessary tinkering with the English constitution and a complete waste of time and money.