Is the British monarchy now on life support? Cartoon by Polyp.

September 2022 has brought a new Prime Minister and a new monarch to Britain. Neither of them seems, on the face of it, a likely candidate for longevity.

The PM’s fate will at least, in due course, be a matter for the electorate – or as many of them as make the difference under Britain’s archaic voting system.

As for Charles III, it is profoundly to be hoped that he will not meet the fate of the first Charles. That he is not already, at the age of 73, past his sell-by date. That he will rule as a constitutional monarch, and resist the temptation to meddle in politics. That he will defend the freedom of conscience of unbelievers and infidels, as well as the religious. That he will not accept any more ‘bin Ladens’ in suitcases from sheikhs. And that he will lead post-Brexit, post-pandemic Britain onwards and upwards to a glorious future.

Vivat Rex Carolus Tertius!

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