Course they do, and I expect he can sack Merkel too, in principle.
Folk need to understand that only the Septics have the two roles
combined in one person - as we used to when they broke away. King
George III was, as was normal at the time, head of state and in control
of the Govt. It took that Cherman, Prince Albert, to convince young
Vicky to keep her pretty nose out of it.
Most states these days have a figurehead president. In France, the
President seems to be the one in charge, however.
"... you must remember that if you're trying to propagate a creed of
poverty, gentleness and tolerance, you need a very rich, powerful,
So who is Head of State, then? Who then is, in theory, our ultimate
protection against a dictatorial government? Remember, the armed forces
serve thee Crown, not the Govt. When Maggie sent Our Boys south, she
needed (IIRC) Orders in Council (i.e. permission) from Brenda before
Anyone who slaps a 'this page is best viewed with Browser X' label on
a Web page appears to be yearning for the bad old days, before the Web,
Which is where we ended up after Charles I was bumped off. Not that
change wasn't needed, mind, but we in this country were lucky that we
were able to go from the divine right of Charlie to rule in 1625 or so
to the beginnings of a constitutional monarchy once James had left in
1690 or so. We also got a Bill of Rights out of the deal.
"That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without
Exactly - and it just goes to show how ignorant of not too distant
history people are.
It was set up like this *exactly* for the reason to have double checks
in place after the civil war.
But then it is Rodney...
Yep, even you should have noticed that Britain hasn't actually
been stupid enough to get involved there anymore.
Have fun listing the full civil wars that have happened
in the great democracies in the last century.
Yes, plenty of places like Ireland and Greece and Yugoslavia
and Spain lagged a long way behind the great democracies
on that, but even you should have noticed that the great
democracies haven't had a full civil war in quite a while
now, let alone a military coup.
And Liz would never have done a damned thing if Maggie
had chosen to do what she didn’t approve of anyway.
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