posted on May, 8 2010 @ 12:45 PM
The good thing about a constitutional monarchy is that while the monarch doesn't really have any practical power, it prevents anybody else from
getting absolute power. We've had a small taste of what it means when someone has (nearly) absolute power in the last presidency. Can you imagine
what someone intelligent or even consciously evil, (as opposed to merely childishly petulant) could have done with the powers of the presidency after
If Churchill had died in the Boer War and therefore not been there to take the reins in WW2, and the government of the time had said "We surrender",
the King could have said, "No, we don't." And in that case the people would probably have been behind him. However, this is a last resort measure,
and if the people were not behind a monarch that did that, it would probably mean the end of the monarchy. Betty Windsor has never, as far as we know,
told the PM no. She's saving her powder, hoping that she never has to use it. But it is there. The last safeguard.