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Re: God Save the Queen
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0692  Wednesday, 9 April 2003

[1]     From:   Kevin De Ornellas <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 08 Apr 2003 15:18:14 +0000
        Subj:   Fwd: SHK 14.0668 Re: God Save the Queen

[2]     From:   Sean Lawrence <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 08 Apr 2003 12:24:28 -0300
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.0684 Re: God Save the Queen


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From:           Kevin De Ornellas <
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Date:           Tuesday, 08 Apr 2003 15:18:14 +0000
Subject: 14.0668 Re: God Save the Queen
Comment:        Fwd: SHK 14.0668 Re: God Save the Queen

>From: Sam Small

>She [English Queen] retains her job simply because she has majority support
>of the British population - 60% to 40% the last time I looked.

Has there ever been a plebiscite to verify this?  There have been crude,
selective opinion polls, yes; but no, there has never been a democratic
referendum on the retention of the monarchy.

Kevin De Ornellas
Mrs. Windsor's University, Belfast

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From:           Sean Lawrence <
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Date:           Tuesday, 08 Apr 2003 12:24:28 -0300
Subject: 14.0684 Re: God Save the Queen
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0684 Re: God Save the Queen

Terence Hawkes quotes a large extract from Statutory Instrument 1988
No.  1082.  Clearly this is just a legal form, like an oath of office.
Lucien Bouchard, former leader of the Quebec independence movement, was
quite content to be sworn in as the leader of Her Majesty's Loyal
Opposition, explaining that he was not taking an oath to "Madame
Windsor" despite the title that he was assuming.

It seems that our fellow-SHAKSPERian and literary critic is being far
more of a literalist than the trained lawyer and politician.  How odd.

Yours,
Sean.

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