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The totally-not-Russian attempted assassination of a former Russian spy, a grovelling apology from National Geographic about its racist history, and the shortchanging of our dear Queenie (er, Claire Foy? – Ed) are the three topics this week.

Joining us are Steve and Richie of What Am Politics?, the podcast that breaks down big political issues into comedic bite size bits. When you’re done here, listen to our slightly inebriated appearance on their show discussing more bloody Brexit.

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Why Jeremy Corbyn has no need to dodge Privy Council meeting with Queenie

A Privy Council, Library of Congress

There is much fluttering in the press this morning about the non-appearance of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn at a Privy Council meeting with old Queen Lizzie, at which he could be sworn into the obscure body.

It is not the first time the press has taken an interest in the republicanism of Corbyn, Fleet Street having had a shitfit over the fact he did not sing the national anthem at a Battle of Britain memorial but stood in, er, respectful silence.

Most controversial is the assertion that the Labour leader would have to take a knee before Lizzie Windsor in order to be sworn into the council, which mostly stamps rubber but also gives out secret briefings.

Folks at the Telegraph are reporting that Corbyn has dodged the meeting because of a “prior engagement”, quoting a (conveniently) anonymous sources attacking him for sedition etc.

Even the Beeb gets in on the act of quoting Tory MP Alan Duncan (Who? – Ed) who attacked the Labour leader for putting politics above the monarch, as if the needs of the citizenry were above those of the House of Windsor!

“This is not so much about snubs, insults or ceremonies: it’s more about whether Jeremy Corbyn wants to be a serious political figure or just a perpetual rebel,” Duncan told the Torygraph.

The national broadcaster does however point out that prime minister David Cameron took three months to get sworn in, and presumably wasn’t asked a battery of stupid questions about it.

Later in the Torygraph the reporters speculate that Corbyn might seek to use an Order in Council to be sworn in without bothering to meet Lizzie Windsor in the (rather aged) flesh.

Yet all this is rather pointless speculation, since there is already a convention in place by which Queenie accepts republicans into what journalist Christopher Hitchens correctly termed the “Secret Council” without the genuflection.

Last Wednesday our friends at Private Eye published the following story explaining how it all works, writing:

“There is a long-established custom for dealing with such circumstances: traditionally republicans simply feign a knee injury which prevents them assuming such an uncomfortable posture. The more theatrical have even been known to borrow a walking stick for the occasion.”

Copies of the magazine can and should be obtained at these things called “newsagents”. Try googling it.

Update: Rather embarrassingly Christopher Hope, one of the hacks behind the Torygraph story, is failing to admit that Cameron took three months before he was sworn in – rather damaging the “snub” spin on Hope’s piece.

Unfortunately the paperwork proves he is quite, quite wrong.

Image Credit – A Privy Council, Library of Congress

Oaf whining that Corbyn didn’t sing national anthem destroyed on live radio

God Save the Queen pillow, November 2009 by Simon Whittaker

A halfwit who phoned into a radio show to complain that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn didn’t sing the national anthem at a memorial service was humiliated when it turned out his argument was bollocks.

The unnamed caller, who began his ill-informed opinion with the phrase “it’s alright to have principles and ideals”, was taken down on Wednesday by LBC Radio’s James O’Brien after the caller labelled Corbyn’s actions “disgraceful”.

Corbyn, a republican and atheist, had stood in respectful silence throughout the Battle of Britain memorial, prompting Fleet Street to lose its shit and morons of all stripes to proffer their opinions on why the Labour leader was such a rotter.

However O’Brien pointed out that the standard version of God Save the Queen makes no mention of soldiers, before challenging the caller to say the first line of the second verse, which he could not do.

Perhaps for his own good somebody should disable that man’s phone line…

Image Credit – God Save the Queen pillow, November 2009 by Simon Whittaker

Corbyn rightly dismisses national anthem furore and sandwichgate as ‘tittle tattle’

Fleet Street splashes 16 September 2015, via Nick Sutton

Furore over Jeremy Corbyn not singing the god-bothering monarchist national anthem at a memorial service has been dismissed by the Labour leader as “tittle tattle” as allegations he stole sandwiches intended for war veterans also turned out to be bollocks.

The North Islington MP faced a wave of criticism from Fleet Street on Wednesday for not singing God Save the Queen at a remembrance service for soldiers that fought in the Battle of Britain during the Second World War.

Much of Fleet Street splashed on the non-story about the atheist republican, who presumably refused to sign the anthem out of principle, whilst their Scottish brethren had their minds on other matters.

Writing on Facebook the North Islington MP criticised the media for entertaining trivia, asking what it is that “scares” the press about debating “real issues”.

Corbyn was backed up in his non-singing by Labour campaigner and Royal Air Force veteran Harry Leslie Smith, who tweeted:

Graham Smith, chief executive of the lobby Republic, also weighed in:

“A national anthem should be about the country, not the queen and god. For republicans, atheists and anyone with good taste God Save the Queen is an awful song set to a funereal dirge. I’m as patriotic as any supporter of the monarchy, I would love it if my country’s anthem wasn’t offensive to my principles.  I have no doubt that’s also Jeremy’s Corbyn’s view.”

Corbyn also defended himself to Sky News early on Wednesday, though did not say whether he would or would not be singing national anthems at future events:

“I am going to be at many events and I will take part fully in those events. I don’t see a problem about this. I was there and I will show my respect in the proper way at all future events. The proper way is to take a full part in it and I will take a full part.”

In another attempted smear rightwing blog Guido Fawkes reported allegations that Corbyn stole some sandwiches intended for war veterans after the Battle of Britain event, thought it has since emerged he was given them by Costa.

The Labour leader is due to make his first appearance at prime minister’s questions since winning the leadership election on Wednesday, where his performance will be closely scrutinised.

Image Credit – Fleet Street splashes 16 September 2015, via Nick Sutton

Some 70 percent of Britons still monarchist shills, plus much hate for Henry VIII

Royal postage stamp 1953 by Archives New Zealand

More than two-thirds of Britons are under the mistaken impression the perfidious Windsors should remain ensconced at the top of the British state as queen Lizzie becomes the least perishable monarch in the country’s history.

Data from the pollster YouGov showed that 71 percent of the country think that Britain should keep its monarchy, whilst just under a fifth have the correct view that an elected head of state makes more sense in 2015.

Support for monarchy by YouGov, September 2015Despite the royalist circlejerk further evidence emerged that Charlie boy might be facing some problems should Lizzie finally decide to kick the bucket, as the poll revealed opposition to his wife Camilla being given the title of queen.

Nicola Wildash, research executive at YouGov, said:

“Only 16 percent believe Camilla should be called ‘Queen’ when Charles becomes King compared to 38 percent that prefer the title of ‘Princess Consort’. Just less than a third (32 percent) feel she should be given no title at all.”

Some 58 percent of the country also think Lizzie should work herself to death rather than quit early like some wimpish pope, while 28 percent believe that there comes an age where even a pampered Windsor might be too old for the job, with most of them thinking that time has already come for our current dear leader.

Tories also gave sensible people another reason to hate them by being the most supportive of the monarchy, with Labour supporters showing the firmest commitment to democratic accountability.

Meanwhile the Scots reaffirmed their social democratic credentials by being the least warm to the idea of the monarchy continuing, with only half of Scotland supporting that idea compared to 64 percent in London and 69 percent in the rest of the South.

Support for monarchy by party and age, YouGov, September 2015In a bemusing endnote, Henry VIII of six wives fame was voted “our worst ever monarch” by a fifth of respondents, who presumably haven’t heard of most of the others.

Further information on the poll can be found on YouGov’s website.

Image Credit – Royal postage stamp 1953 by Archives New Zealand