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In this episode, we look first to Azerbaijan's glove-puppet role on behalf of its big brother Turkey, whose strained regional relations we considered in the first podcast, and for Israel, whose officers were caught in 2017 operating military drones to shoot Armenian soldiers as a sales gimmick. Turkish drones, with Ukrainian engines (and now licens…
 
“No person who has an office or place of profit under the King, or receives a pension from the Crown, shall be capable of serving as a member of the House of Commons.”So declared the Act of Settlement, a statute of prime UK constitutional significance, just before the Union of England and Scotland; but that sentence of the Act as originally passed …
 
The claim is often made that Parliament is sovereign. Often, “Parliament” is taken to mean “not the Crown”, or that the Crown should refrain from exercising a political role even if it is grudgingly acknowledged to have one. Is it right that the Queen has bowed out of politics? What was she taught at an impressionable age (from twelve onwards) abou…
 
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