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Monarchy and the House of Lords
Bill Jones

and millions poured out their grief when Diana died in 1997. However, critics dismiss such things and go on to point out that: the Queen’s personal staff are drawn from the topmost drawer of the aristocratically connected and Eton educated; while her garden parties annually involve a total of 35,000 people, the Queen takes her tea in a tent separate from her guests; and the Diana outpourings were in some measure critical of the Royal Family, which was seen as dysfunctional and unable to empathise with the woman married to the heir to the throne, let alone understand

in British politics today
Bill Jones

‘efficient’ Walter Bagehot, the most famous authority on the British constitution, made a distinction in the nineteenth century between those aspects which were ‘dignified’ – those that had a mostly ceremonial function, like the monarchy, Privy Council and, to a degree, the House of Lords – and the ‘efficient’ or ‘working’ aspects – like the Commons, departments of state and the law courts. (Moran, 2005, p. 71, points out that ‘dignified’ is not precisely the correct word to describe some of the behaviour of the Royal Family in recent decades.) Parliamentary

in British politics today
Bill Jones

of everyone to set up their own organisations representing common interests, like political parties or trade unions, and to vote in choosing the government in regular elections. Some aspects of the constitution are more controversial. Some of these are ancient and regarded as possibly past their utility: The House of Lords has been mostly stripped of its hereditary peers but still (in 2009) awaits comprehensive reform. The role of the monarchy is disputed by some who feel an elected head of state might be preferable. Since the lives of the royal family have

in British politics today
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Cabinet, Prime Minister and the ‘core executive’
Bill Jones

police in the ‘cash for honours’ scandal in 2006–7. First citizen This is a new role which the media spotlight has bestowed upon Prime Ministers when their behaviour or that of their families is judged appropriate or not. To some extent the Royal Family used to fulfil this role but as their salience as national figures declined, the role of Prime Ministers and their families has strengthened. Some anticipation of it was discernible in Thatcher’s period in power when her personal behaviour – thrifty, energetic, litter-clearing – won attention. Her family also won

in British politics today
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The Regeneration of Africa
Bongani Ngqulunga

-third of the land granted to him for allocation to the Swazis, the remainder of the land under concession would be held in freehold title. Native Swazis who resided on the land that had been made the private property of concession holders were given five years to live on the land without eviction. The Swazi royal family enlisted the services of Seme to assist in claiming back its land. He represented King Sobhuza II when the matter was brought before a special court in Swaziland. 24 The Swazis lost the case, as well as a further appeal in

in The Pan-African Pantheon
The Cosmopolitan Pan-Africanist
Kweku Ampiah

name given to boys born on Saturday, as well as his surname, from his father, Joseph Appiah, a former Ghanaian parliamentarian and barrister, and a member of the first generation of post-colonial African politicians. Joseph Appiah was also a member of the Ashanti royal family. With such pedigree, it could be said that the question of who is a Pan-Africanist is one that Kwame Appiah – a professor of philosophy at New York University, with a deep interest in cultural studies – might want to delve into and address, not least because of the implications of race and

in The Pan-African Pantheon