What Australia and North Korea have in common

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Australians and North Koreans have one thing in common, says Roy McKeen. They have no say in who will rule them next.

AUSTRALIANS and North Koreans have one thing in common. They have no say in who will rule them next. It would appear that North Korean leader Kim Jong Il has appointed his son and heir-apparent Kim Jong Un to be his successor. The people of North Korea have had absolutely no choice in the matter.

Australians have no say who will be their next head of state. That decision will be made in the United Kingdom and unless there is some cataclysmic disaster Prince Charles will accede to the British (and hence Australian) throne on the abdication or death of Queen Elizabeth II. There is nothing Australians can do about it as under the Australian Constitution we are stuck with the heirs and successors of Queen Victoria.

Prince Charles has all the attributes required under the British laws of succession to the throne. Because of Queen Elizabeth II’s German ancestry he carries the blood of the late Princess Sophia, Electress of Hanover. He is a member of the Church of England and on accession to the throne will become the Supreme Governor of the Church of England.

[caption id="attachment_2136" align="alignright" width="150"] Kim Jong Il, President of North Korea

It doesn’t matter that he is an adulterer. It doesn’t matter that he told his then lover, now his wife, that he would like to be a certain sanitary product for her. Well, enough said about all that.

What has this got to do with Australia?  To be frank, Sweet Fanny Adams...if you get my drift.

Pretty soon we’re going to have to make a decision if we are going to put up with this nonsense and this type of person as our head of state. The thought of us, or anyone else for that matter, standing to attention and singing ‘God Save Our Gracious King, Long Live Our Noble King’, given what we know, is enough to cause many of us to break out in fits of uncontrollable giggles.

There is another aspect to this which has hardly been canvassed.

What a dreadful slap in the face it would be for the unfortunate King Charles III (if that is what he would be called and you have to feel sorry for the poor bloke) if as soon as his mother departed this mortal coil, or abdicated, Australia, Canada and New Zealand declared themselves republics. It might be the catalyst that prompts the not-so-United Kingdom to get rid of the lot of them.

What would happen then? Where would the Saxe-Coburg-Gotha-Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glucksburg alias Windsor-Mountbatten family go?  That’s an easy one. They would probably go back to Germany whence they came. They have lots of  family connections there.

Well, except for maybe Prince Harry, of course. He might have to stay in England.  
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