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    the classic line is that the british monarch reigns but doesn't rule. and there is no technical role, because there is little that is technical. but the convention is very clear, and prince charles last summer created a small kerfuffle by transgressing it:

    Leading constitutional experts tonight insisted the Prince of Wales has no "duty" to intervene in large-scale planning applications to promote the views of "ordinary people", as Clarence House claimed this week.

    Top lawyers, including an adviser to the House of Lords select committee on the constitution and several former government advisers, said Britain's unwritten constitution grants the heir to the throne no such obligation to step in on behalf of others, and said it is in fact his constitutional duty to steer clear of political controversy which could undermine the standing of the monarchy.

    by convention, if the british royal family gets involved in politics, it undermines its very existence. so the idea that the queen technically rules is twice wrong- there is no technical role for her, and even her conventional role prohibits her even involving herself, much less attempting to impose her will.
    "In so far as the constitution defines any duties, there is a clear duty to stay away from areas of political controversy." Lord Lester QC, who was appointed by Gordon Brown as a special adviser on constitutional reform, said elected representatives, not royals, are there to stand up for the public's interests.

    The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

    by Laurence Lewis on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 08:25:09 AM PST

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