That’s the Ol’ Hedley Magic.
Muy fresco, nuestro artista del plinka-plinka-
I think it’s an echo of “Blockbuster” (1973) by Sweet — a N London ‘glam-rock popular music band’, M’Lud:
“Does anyone know the way? There’s got to be a way.”
I forgot to tip my hat to Roland’s flowery eloquence and his WaldonSchool-of-Journalism Piece-To-Camera Architecture….
Kudos, Rolly! You’re wearin’ your huntin’ ‘n’ fishin’ rig so you can hook ’em in the first par and club ’em to death in the next three! Oh, you kid!! Papa Hem would just punch your lights out in a friendly kinda way.
Or see above — Why does this software randomly assign replies to threads?
Very good, it does, but I don’t think it is…….see below.
Never mind all this fun stuff from 25 years ago — Mordor is Under Siege! The Walls of Jeri-Mar-A-Cho Come Tumbling Down!! TFG Is Lurching Down The Perp Walk!!
I did use the word ‘allegedly’ quite often in my comment, indicating scepticism, I thought. I did try to write factually, independent of my opinions.
Probably I should have differentiated between this particular Monarch and the Monarchy in general:
I agree that a ceremonial Head of State could be chosen by popular vote or ordeal or raffle. If their term of office is fixed and there is a fair and efficient method of deposing them for cause then they could do much good and should have little power to do harm.
There might be popular support in UK for some public involvement in choosing this Queen’s successor; there is no evidence, I believe, of any sizeable support for abolishing the Monarchy, now or on QE2’s death.
Electoral reform is a separate question and a very thorny question, as you know: undoubtedly we need it but the best mechanism is not, to me, obvious. I do not detect any great popular enthusiasm in this country for PR in general elections
Removing hereditary peers and the bishops from the House of Lords might gain electoral support but I doubt that it’s an election-winner.
Roland’s hat is doing the Kensington Strap Shuffle in Panels 1, 2 and 3. This is why millions of us tune in day after day. Not for his saturnine good looks, not for his incisive politico-social commentary.