Marriage, arranged by Blair?
Melanie Phillips, in The third-way monarchy wonders whether the timing of Charles & Camilla’s wedding was planned by Tony Blair.
Consider first of all the timing. The wedding is to be held on April 8. The general election is expected to be called for May 5. Mr Blair has reportedly decided to fire the election gun in the week of the wedding and dissolve Parliament the day before, thus milking it to his advantage.
But an event of this significance would have been planned for some time, and the Prime Minister was certainly aware of it.
The timing of this marriage, so close to the election, is highly suspicious because it is so much in Mr Blair’s interests. It means that for him, much of the heat will be off because a firecracker — a major event of extraordinary constitutional significance and controversy — is being tossed (notwithstanding the leak) slap bang into the middle of the campaign.
Possibly so. I expect expert politicians not to miss the opportunities a “monarchy-in-its-pocket” would bring.