December 18, 2012
UK to name part of Antarctica Queen Elizabeth Land (David Shukman,12/18/12, BBC)
At the cabinet meeting, the Queen sat in the PM's usual seat - with Mr Cameron and Mr Hague sitting on either side of her.It is believed to be the first time a monarch has attended peace-time cabinet since George III in 1781. George I ceased to chair cabinet in 1717. [...]Communities Secretary Eric Pickles] dismissed suggestions from some that the Queen was crossing a constitutional line by attending the cabinet."We are her cabinet, we operate for her. She was sat in the seat where the Prime Minister traditionally sits and, given it's her cabinet, she can come any time she wants."
The monarch is that final bulwark of liberty that we sadly lack.Posted by Orrin Judd at December 18, 2012 6:47 PM