THE brunt of Stephen Haseler's critique is reserved for the oath of loyalty to the Queen taken by members of the executive, judiciary, Church and the armed forces, and the fidelity of the Establishment in general. He fails to appreciate that it is this concentration of loyalty in a passive constitutional body that contributes to the relatively stable fabric of the UK. If not the monarch, who would he have those bodies swear allegiance to? Or would he rather they went unfettered?
Haseler appears to have an enthusiastic misapprehension of the realities of state mechanics.
Benjamin J Myers