I had to look it up. I've spent quite a bit of time looking it up because there was Bonnie Prince Charlie to consider. He claimed to be Charles III but was not recognised, not even by Mr. Pope. The trouble with looking things up is that you get into all sorts of interesting asides. So now I know there is a second Royal family claiming the throne. The Jacobite kings still exist and we are currently on King Francis II. Oddly enough, they don't claim Kingship of Wales but then that's probably because they've been there.
I'm a mongrel with a lot of Welsh, brought up in Wales and the observation noted by Radio Free Britain is spot on. The Welsh just don't care. The country has always been an unmanageable collection of inter-fighting tribes and that will never change. You can say you're in charge of Wales and the Welsh will say 'okay' and then ignore you. They never oust dictators, they ignore them. Eventually the dictators give up and move on. So it will be with the Welsh Assembly which came into being after a resounding vote of 'Don't care, boyo'.
The Prince of Wales is always English. Do you really imagine the Welsh have ever paid the slightest attention?
The current Prince of Wales is set to be King Charles III on the demise of Mrs. Queen (may she live forever, or at least ten seconds longer than he does). After that we are at least spared the devastation of yet another King Charles, because we'll have King Bill. Wasn't David Carradine in that? Or have I mixed up the future King with some other sword-wielding maniac?
Charlie Two was whipped by Cromwell at Worcester. Not a great record for the Charlies. They don't tend to win much. Charlie One, as everyone untainted by modern teaching knows, lost repeatedly during the English Civil War and eventually lost his head.
Anyway, a look at history tells us that previous King Charles incumbents didn't do too well. Charles the bonny but not Third sparked the Jacobite rebellion and had his arse kicked at Culloden. Charles the Second was unfaithful to his wife (what's in a name, eh?) and was only restored as monarch because Cromwell was a bit of a twat. The biggest bit of one, and not one of the useful parts. Even so, Charlie Two didn't get back in until Cromwell died because this particular twat was almost as Puritan as Dong Shaper or the Dreadful Arnott. Next time, we need to choose a liberator who doesn't have dictatorial tendencies of his own.
It was once said of Charles II -
- We have a pretty witty King,
- And whose word no man relies on;
- He never said a foolish thing,
- And never did a wise one
We won't be able to say that about Charles III because the third line won't work. In fact only the second and fourth lines are worth keeping.
Our jug-eared cretin, set to succeed to the throne once he's had it painted green and had his most trusted tree installed as his principal advisor, rarely says anything that could not be described as derisory. Spike Milligan was right about him. He will be Charles the Third but not Bonny.
The country is on the brink of uprising. Comfortable people won't riot, which is what our masters are counting on but they are pushing and pushing for what they hope will be a little bit of easily containable civil unrest. Then they can apply the smackdown.
The events in Tunisia and Egypt went beyond what they wanted. When we have another King Charles, especially one who is just as greenery-deranged as George III, it's likely to go beyond the easily containable here too.
What we don't want is another Puritan Cromwell. Maybe a Farage?
I'd like to see UKIP win whichever constituency includes Marston Moor. It would be deeply symbolic.
Well, it would be if there are enough people left who remember why.