Cameron challenge to constitution a challenge to the monarchy4th May 2010
Republic has reacted with surprise at David Cameron's suggestion that he doesn't intend to respect constitutional convention on Friday and will insist on becoming prime minister if the Tories win the most seats. Such as position is a direct challenge to the role of the Queen, who has to formally appoint the PM.
Republic spokesperson Graham Smith said today:
"The Queen will not sack Gordon Brown, she will wait for him to resign. If Labour and the Lib Dems think they can do a deal then Cameron's demands will go unanswered by the palace. Any attempt to bounce Cameron into Downing Street via the media will put huge pressure on the Queen to defend her position."
"The next few days could be a very dangerous time for the monarchy. If David Cameron tries to demand the keys to Downing Street it will put the spotlight firmly on the role of the monarchy."
"The Queen may find herself with an unpalatable choice on Friday: stick with convention or give Cameron what he wants. Either way it is a decision that will raise serious questions about how our prime minister is chosen."
"The Queen is terrified of making a decision because of the consequences for her if that decision is unpopular. That's why we need an elected head of state who is duty-bound to act and who is directly accountable for her actions."