Royal privilege

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The British do like a spectacle and are proud of their traditions of pomp and ceremony exemplified by the Royal Family and ermine in the House of Lords.

Do these privileged few deserve or respect their position, irrespective that most did little of merit to earn it? They are human and subject to temptation like the rest of us but they aren't to be held to account like us.

Royal Family granted new right of secrecy By Robert Verkaik

Special exemptions to be written into Freedom of Information Act

The Royal Family is to be granted absolute protection from public scrutiny in a controversial legal reform designed to draw a veil of secrecy over the affairs of the Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William.

Letters, emails and documents relating to the monarch, her heir and the second in line to the throne will no longer be disclosed even if they are in the public interest.

Those who claim the monarchy is symbolic and has no power should be reminded of Voltaire's words: "To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticise"

Close involvement of the royal household with Jimmy Savile and Freemasonry raises the possibility of royal complicity in paedophilia, while claims of an establishment cover-up won't go away.

Meanwhile the House of Lords comes under scrutiny for its many conflicts of interest.

The Business of Lords
How the House of Lords Mixes Politics and Business By Justin Scheck And Charles Forelle

For centuries, the upper chamber of the British Parliament was filled largely by the landed gentry. But in 1999, then-Prime Minister Tony Blair ’s government replaced most of the hereditary lords with business people, civic leaders and politicians appointed for life.

Yet further evidence of a narrow ruling clique cloaked in tradition and the illusion of democracy.