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The Queen and 'The King of the World'

By Mal Fletcher - posted Thursday, 25 July 2019

"You may not be Moses, young man, but go tell Pharoah to let my people go."

I wonder if that is the unreported caption for the photograph of Boris Johnson bowing to her Majesty the Queen, as she appointed him her fourteenth Prime Minister today.

As a boy, Boris Johnson told his sister that he would like, one day, to be "king of the world".


He hasn't quite achieved that lofty position, but being the Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is no small consolation prize.

I voted Remain in 2016, but with huge reservations about what I thought the rather large elephant in the room: Brussel's cultural commitment to "ever closer [political] union."

Those reservations have, I think, been proven well-founded in the days since the vote, as leaders such as France's President Macron are pushing for a European army and more.

It seems now that Mssr. Macron will have support in his Federalist ambitions from the new President of the European Commission.

When the majority of British referendum voters opted for Leave, they gave their Parliament an instruction, not an opinion.

They did not do this because, as some imply, the majority of them were callow and ill-informed about the issues at stake. They do not now need former high office holders to badger and lecture them about the error of their ways.


Their choice must be respected, or our democracy is a farce. If we can't get this right, we will surrender all right to lecture the world on democratic principles, or to brag about Westminster being the mother of all parliaments.

Under Prime Minister Johnson, the government and MPs in general must go on and deliver the best and most realistically possible Brexit for the U.K.

Compromise will be necessary, but so will courage and confidence, which have arguably been in short supply the Brexit negotiations to this point.

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Mal Fletcher is a media social futurist and commentator, keynote speaker, author, business leadership consultant and broadcaster currently based in London. He holds joint Australian and British citizenship.

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