Leanne's case however is her habit of s boycotting the ceremonial opening of the Assembly, anr therfore has been accused of snubbing the Queen. and questions have been asked if giving the circumstances of her becoming first Minister in a Plaid Assembly Government or a Minister in a coalition government would she could she make this stance.
Franlkly its up to her. Bit it does raise a issue . In a recent Blog Miserable Old Fart commented that.
"Republicanism is a British obsession. An independent Wales will have no royal family! Republicanism is not a Welsh Nationalist issue!"I'm sorry Alwyn I can't agree unless an Independent Wales is an avowedly Republic then there is no rerason why it woulld not be on the same level as Canada, Australia , amd New Zealand with the King or Queen of England as head of State represented by a governor general appointed on the advice of a Welsh Prine Minister.
There is nothing I beleive in Plaid's Constitution that rules this out and it seems that a Independent Scotland would openly accept the reigning English Monarch as head of State.
But actually the current problem is not a future Wales but of Democracy.
Already Leanne has virtually no choice in order to take her seat. the Oath being...
I... swear by Almighty God that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, her heirs and successors, according to law. So help me GoOr she may affirm a solemn affirmation under the terms of the Oaths Act 1978:
I... do solemnly, sincerely and truly declare and affirm that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, her heirs and successors, according to law.I would have no problem to my mind swearing an Oath accepting Elisabeth Windsor as Head of State for the period of the Assembly that is sitting .Which is different than recognising her as such.
But I could not accept being bound to accepting it in perpetuity and the idea that such an Oath would bind me to her successors is an affront to Democracy .
So whats my advice to Leanne if she was placed in a position of being First Minister and meeting the English Monarch.
I would accept the role as Head of State in the current unwritten constitution and therefore welcome her to the Assembly in the same way a Australian Prime Minister who proposed his or her Nation should become a republic would, whilst making it clear that I was aiming to remove her from that position on the implementation of an Independent Wales.
But as first Minister I would also insure that the Oath of alligence is changed that it read something on the lines of ...one proposed by Tony Benn fir the House of Commons in 1197
I... swear by Almighty God that I will, to the best of my ability, discharge the responsibilities required of me by virtue of my membership of the Welsh Assembly s and faithfully serve those whom I represent here.Or
I ...do solemnly Declare and Affirm that I will, to the best of my ability, discharge the responsibilities required of me by virtue of my membership of the Welsh Assembly s and faithfully serve those whom I represent here.
Simple and Democratic and democracy should always be a Welsh Obsession.