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Cameron exposed the biggest lie in British politics

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David Cameron's revelation has opened a Pandora's box

The reverberations from former PM David Cameron’s revelation about his discussions with the Queen on Scottish independence, continue to ripple across British politics.  

Sky News reported on September 19 that Cameron’s revelations had caused “an amount of displeasure” at Buckingham Palace.

Meanwhile, the BBC’s Royal correspondent, Jonny Dymond, has tried his best to downplay the significance of the issue before transferring all blame onto Cameron.

According to Dymond, quoting an “expert”, the British constitution has “always been puzzling and always will be”.

Dymond maintains the fiction that the Queen “personally has almost no political power”.

If that was truly the case, it begs the obvious question as to why Cameron would turn to the Queen to rescue a faltering “Better Together” campaign in the Scottish independence referendum of September 2014.

Clearly Cameron, who is widely judged to be an astute politician (his folly on the 2016 EU referendum notwithstanding), recognized that the Queen had sufficient political capital so as to be able to sway the campaign in the government’s favour.

That’s why Cameron asked the monarch to “raise an eyebrow” by way of showing displeasure at the prospect of Scottish independence.

Cameron admitted turning to palace officials days before the poll after “mounting panic” set in about the outcome of the vote.

This prompted the Queen to urge the Scottish people to “think very carefully about the future”.

The implications of Cameron’s staggering admission are enormous. In immediate terms, it raises difficult and profound questions about the integrity of the democratic processes pursued by separatist movements in Britain to secure freedom from the UK.

The pro-independence Scottish National Party (SNP) is campaigning for a new independence poll by the second half of 2020. But in the light of Cameron’s revelation, what guarantees are there that the vote will not be rigged to their disadvantage, as was the case in September 2014?

More broadly, Cameron’s admission blows the myth surrounding the Queen’s “non-political” role. As this episode demonstrates, the Queen is intensely political and she will not think twice to intervene in the political process to secure the best outcome for the establishment.  

A similar dynamic was at play recently when the Queen responded positively to Boris Johnson’s request for the prorogation of parliament.

By all credible accounts, the Queen approved Johnson’s decision with the full knowledge that, contrary to his denials, the PM wanted to suspend parliament in order to stifle opposition to a no-deal Brexit. 

Furthermore, Cameron’s disclosure opens a new front in Britain’s mounting constitutional crisis. The former PM has opened the Pandora’s Box in the most febrile atmosphere imaginable, with Brexit-related tensions nearing peak point.

Contrary to what the BBC’s Royal correspondent says, Cameron’s main sin, from the establishment’s point of view, is not that he has “broken the rules”, but that he has exposed the biggest lie in British politics.   


By Rupert Cansell, Investigative Journalist

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