About three years ago I wrote an essay on constitutional reform in the UK. When researching it I came across a Bow Group report by Andrew Lillico, in which he argued that the Monarchy should row back some of the reforms of the past, and start taking an active role in the political life of the UK. Some of his ideas were a little 19th Century, and some just a little strange, but on the whole I’m pretty supportive of the Monarchy being a counter balance to the excesses of populism in certain circumstances (and Lillico is right to point to Germany and Zimbabwe as examples of this). Today he has a column on ConservativeHome, in which he repeats his bizarre desire to see the House of Lords select the next Monarch, but makes some good points too.
I used to write and get paid, now I read and don’t.
Former UUP staffer, currently living in London. @mjshilliday