Her Majesty's Government

When describing the rulers of the UK I insist on using the phrase "Her Majesty's Government". This is not because I think The Queen directly governs our country; it's my way of trying to point out that the people who we elect to do that job clearly don't either.

Her Majesty's Government is in charge and by that I am referring to the civil servants, the intelligence agencies and the 'power families', one of the most important of which The Queen belongs to.

It's my way of reminding you, dear reader, that there is a Government within our Government, a secret state, hidden in plain view in the UK. Once you understand that you can start to understand why politicians seem to have no power. It also explains why they rarely seem to do what they said they were going to before they entered "Her Majesty's Government". In the main most politicians seem to me to have about as much power as the public relations department of a major corporation.

This quote from a debate in Parliament in 1988 nails the point well:

"The Crown is the code name we use for those central areas of Government in defence, intelligence and international relations—a state within the state—that the Government, and, I regret to say, previous Governments, did not wish to be subject to parliamentary scrutiny or discussion."

- Tony Benn.

They were discussing the Spycatcher controversey at the time and looking at making it even harder for anyone to reveal information about the inner workings of MI5 or MI6.

Since then more laws have been passed to keep the secret state both secret and powerful. But something is changing, the way information works has altered and "the age of secrets is over". I still believe we're at a party and the lights are being switched on, metaphorically speaking we will inevitably notice some people are not who they seemed to be in the forgiving darkness.

NM

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