The preamble looks like a fatal error for a state - to try to reconcile
classes and interests instead of trying to appear to stand above them. No
wonder it was pulled in all directions. Britain will have to remember this
when it eventually gets a written constitution, a deficiency which out of
all the other countries in the world, it currently shares only with Saudi
Arabia apparently.  

The Times commented that the British monarchy would be wise to find a
graceful way out of these old colonial relationships, perhaps a decision to
end them with the present monarch.

One other question - was the defeat of the referendum in part a reaction of
people with English as a mother tongue, against the arrival of significant
numbers of people of Asian descent?

Chris Burford


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