24 October, 2006


The King of Ireland.

I didn't realize Ireland had remained in the Commonwealth until 1948, borrowing the UK's monarch for head of state. Apparently republics can be members of the Commonwealth now - what would you all think of Ireland rejoining? Apparently Mary Robinson floated the idea as a capstone to some kind of peace settlement for the North back in the 90s.

2 Comments:

Blogger Lord Falconer said...

It's not a new thing for republics to be Commonwealth members -- all of the African and Asian member countries are republics, and two African republics have joined the Commonwealth even though they were never under British rule (Cameroon and Mozambique). Two African members (Swaziland and Lesotho) have their own native monarchies. I think Ireland should join, and the USA for that matter, too.

4:49 AM  
Blogger Lord Falconer said...

Correction - Malaysia and Brunei would be Asian member states with native monarchies.

2:38 PM  

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