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Truss trolled again – by KING CHARLES [VIDEO]

Could it get any worse for Liz Truss?

Now the woman who is already being touted as the UK’s worst-ever prime minister has been trolled by the Monarch of the Realm – and it’s all on video.

Watch (and note that she still hasn’t learned how to curtsy):

Need I say more? It seems to me that the King has said it all for us.

Source: King Charles greets Liz Truss with: ‘Back again? Dear, oh dear’ | King Charles III | The Guardian

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Unprecedented and unconstitutional: Tories want to put people in both Houses of Parliament at once

What new devilry is this from the Conservative government?

Here’s the blurb from this A Different Bias clip:

Boris Johnson wants to reward up to eight loyalists with peerages, but this would trigger a number of by-elections for the Tories which could prove highly embarrassing.

So, according to a report in the Times, the plan is to defer the peerages until after the election.

The problem is that this would mean that over half a dozen Johnson loyalists would technically be members of both Houses at once.

This is unprecedented, unconstitutional and would force the King into committing a political act, just as Johnson forced the Queen to do in 2019.

Here’s the clip:

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Can King Charles hold the Union together or does he not have his mother’s charisma?

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As others see us: King Charles satirised by US radio host for berating ‘servant’

This being a bank holiday weekend, This Writer is either otherwise occupied or almost totally incapacitated, so I’m putting up material that has interested me – and I hope it interests you. Make of it what you will.

This one has to do with a moment when King Charles appeared to become angry about something on a desk where he was to sign the proclamation making him the UK monarch. He motioned for somebody to move it:

The episode was quickly characterised as the new King picking on his “servants” – and this is how the US talk show host Jimmy Dore tackled it (with an impersonation by Mike MacRae, I hasten to add):

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Did King Charles just troll the leader of the DUP – in front of his face?

The royal and the republican: King Charles III meets Sinn Fein leader Michell O’Neill. The comments about the largest party in Stormont took place seconds later.

Here’s some good – if well-used – advice for DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson from the owner of the Maximilien Robespierre YouTube channel: “Never meet your heroes; you’ll be disappointed.”

He was referring to the moment when King Charles III met the leaders of the two largest political parties in the Northern Ireland Assembly and mentioned to Sinn Fein leader Michelle O’Neill that he was aware that her republican party now has more members there than any other.

It was a direct snub for Donaldson and the unionist DUP, which had been the largest party from the Stormont Assembly’s inception until its most recent elections, and which is now delaying the resumption of devolved democracy there with a row over the Brexit-related Northern Ireland Protocol.

The Monarch’s words may have been unintentionally harsh – or they may have been a hint that democracy should be respected, the power-sharing agreement should be resumed, with Sinn Fein as (nominal) leader rather than the DUP, and they should sort out their differences by other means.

Or we may all be reading far too much into them.

Here’s the Maximilien Robespierre clip…

What do you think?

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The accession racket? King Charles won’t pay inheritance tax from the Queen

King Charles III: is he laughing all the way to the bank?

Don’t you find it odd that, the more money you have, the fewer taxes you pay?

Look at the new King, Charles III. He’s not paying any inheritance tax on the Crown Estate’s £15.2 billion in assets, which include the royal archives and the royal collection of paintings, which cannot be sold by the King and are surrendered to the government in return for a grant.

In all, 25 per cent of profits from the Crown Estate are given to the royal family as the Sovereign Grant.

The rest of us would pay 40 per cent of any assets valued at more than £325,000. But we can’t complain, can we? The King is already paying 75 per cent of his assets to the government, from the look of it.

But wait – there’s more:

Separately, Charles also inherits from the Queen the Duchy of Lancaster, a private estate that includes portfolio of lands, properties and assets held in trust for the sovereign.

He is exempt from inheritance tax on these assets, among others, in order to preserve “a degree of financial independence from the government of the day”.

But if he’s already getting profits from more than £6 billion in assets in the Crown Estate, why does he need this? It made around £22 million in revenue in 2021.

It is allowed because, under an agreement with the John Major Tory government in 1993, assets passed from a former to a current sovereign are exempt from taxation.

But the then-Queen agreed to pay income tax voluntarily around that time, and Charles III has agreed to do the same.

Assets passed from the former Queen to anybody else are liable for Inheritance Tax.

It isn’t a perfect system, is it?

That being said, This Writer would like to see documentary evidence showing what the state would receive if there were no agreements with the government, compared with what it receives as it is.

Who benefits the most?

Source: King Charles will not pay tax on inheritance from the Queen | King Charles III | The Guardian

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The Queen has died. The UK will now enter 12 days of national mourning

If you don’t know that Queen Elizabeth II has passed away peacefully at Balmoral, aged 96, the longest-serving UK monarch – and has been succeeded by her eldest son, who becomes King Charles III… well, you do now.

Not being particularly a monarchist, but not being much of a republican either (I can see advantages in having a functioning royal family, in terms of tourism, at the very least), I don’t really know how I feel about it.

Both of their paths crossed mine at various points in my reporting career. I didn’t mind her. I don’t mind the new King, either – although I think he may have more to say than she ever did. He says he won’t “meddle”; well, we’ll see.

I can’t say I met them as such, but I was able to get a feel for their personalities.

The first time I saw Elizabeth II in person was at a service for charities at St Mary Redcliffe Church in Bristol. I was with the press (obviously) in the south entrance and she entered with Prince Philip (the late Duke of Edinburgh) via the north door. They looked like the number “10”.

She caught sight of me. I had a filthy big grin on my face (as usual) so I was probably easy to pick out. I got a radiant royal smile in return. And yes, I felt privileged.

The second – and last – time was in 2002, during the Golden Jubilee celebrations. She visited the Mid Wales village of Dolau by train. I was running a different news website at the time so I popped up to get some pictures (I was hoping to put one of them up alongside this article but wasn’t able to find it).

The crowd was enormous, so it seemed to me that she was well-loved.

The first time I covered anything done by the new King was at a business park in Hartcliffe (Bristol again), where he chatted with a carpenter.

“How do you manage to do all that and keep all your fingers?” the then-prince asked the woodworking gentleman – who promptly lifted up both his hands, revealing the remnants and stumps of numerous fingers, and said: “I haven’t!”

Next time was 1997 (I think) when the Second Severn Crossing was opened. He was walking along the bridge when the military types started firing a 21-gun salute over the side – behind him.

The instant the first volley was set off – and without missing a step – he went straight up into the air.

(I’m sure there was another occasion between this and the next one, but I can’t remember it at the moment.)

Finally, he and his wife – now the Queen Consort – visited the smallest town in England and Wales – Llanwrtyd Wells – some time around 2010 and I covered the event as a freelancer.

He pulled a few pints in a local pub, had a meeting with local businesspeople (behind closed doors), and then visited a local butcher’s shop. I was just casually standing next to the queue outside, chatting and trying to avoid the gaze of the black-suited bodyguards all around.

He stopped and, rather charmingly, asked if he should join the end of the queue (which would have put him next to me). I waved him along, and everyone else did the same.

That’s the limit of my recollections. Have you ever met either the former or the new monarch? Was your experience more revealing about them than mine? If so, feel free to get in touch via the “comment” box.

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