• May 13, 2010

    History has great comic timing. It is 350 years this month since a major political compromise with an uncanny modern-day parallel.

  • April 3, 2010

    In the current debates over House of Lords reform, there is one factor that the media seem to have overlooked. It's a factor that makes this year a particular suitable one for finally replacing the Lords with a democratic second chamber.

  • March 5, 2010

    Supporters of the monarchy seek to persuade us of the Windsor family's virtues, missing the point that monarchy is about appointing the next person in line - whether or not he or she is any good at the job. Monarchy celebrates inequality not as an injustice to be tackled but as something natural and irremovable.

  • November 24, 2009

    Attempts to give the royal household complete exemption from the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act are facing strong opposition, with MPs, campaigners and members of the public criticising the proposal.

  • October 20, 2009

    Politicians of all parties are coming under pressure to reduce the Civil List in the light of the recession. The Civil List, which consists of public money awarded to the royal family each year, currently stands at around £7.9million.

  • September 28, 2009

    There has been a shocked response to news that the royal family is seeking to negotiate an increase in the Civil List - the money they are granted each year from public funds - despite the public spending cuts that are likely due to the recession.

  • June 29, 2009

    Campaigners today called on the government to resist the Queen's demands for an increase in the Civil List and has said the costs of the monarchy must be slashed.

  • March 27, 2009
  • March 27, 2009

    A Liberal Democrat MP today introduced a private members Bill in the House of Commons seeking to change the rules of succession to the throne, including giving women and Catholics equal rights.

  • January 26, 2009

    A Scottish Nationalist MSP has added further weight to appeals from both civic and religious groups for the UK government to end the long-standing ban on a Roman Catholic becoming king or queen.