January 5

The Queen understands

Professor Philip Murphy’s new book  "Monarchy and the End of Empire'' is ''by a country mile the most important and well-informed to have been written about the contemporary British monarchy…''  writes Peter Oborne in the London Daily Telegraph on 27 December 2013.

The review is published under this headline: ''Only the Queen understands the true value of the Commonwealth''.



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Professor Murphy  says the record  suggests that The Queen may well be better informed and be more abreast of the time than her ministers.

'' Look at her record: against Suez; in favour of Macmillan; against arms sales to South Africa; for sanctions against apartheid. A personal record of wise but deft interventions in foreign affairs.

''She is pro-British, but does not think that means being slavishly European or Atlanticist.

''She understands the relevance of ancient history to modern foreign policy.

''She knows a multitude of world leaders.

His ultimate challenge is this ''Here’s a thought: could it be that the Queen, and the Commonwealth she heads, is a far greater foreign policy asset to Britain than all recent foreign secretaries and prime ministers put together?''


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