Saturday, 17 March 2012


Having spent longer today reading the Thatcher papers than a sane, well adjusted person with better things to do would have done, I am struck by how mundane and ordinary the process of government is. Occasional gems did pop up though and a pertinent one is illustrated here. It records the first occasion when the Prime Minister exercised her right to ignore the declared preference of the Crown Appointments Commission and put forward the name of a political ally to the Sovereign. There was at least one other we know about during Thatcher's tenure. One can only hope that the present PM will not exercise that right.

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