The Queen, the Monarchy and CHOGM

By Dr Sue Onslow, Senior Research Fellow, ICwS

‘Frustrate their knavish tricks

On thee our hopes we fix’

The announcement this morning that the Queen will not be attending the 2013 CHOGM in Sri Lanka in November has been described as ‘surprising and significant.’ Although the Palace has been at pains to stress the review of long-haul travel for the 87 year old monarch, given the private debate among the Queen’s advisers and Downing Street on how to handle the increasingly problematic question of the Queen’s attendance at the Sri Lanka CHOGM, at one level it seems that the Palace have played a blinder.

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Thatcher, the Commonwealth and apartheid South Africa

By Dr Sue Onslow, Senior Research Fellow, ICwS

Margaret Thatcher was not just a highly controversial figure on the British Left, and in the history of Britain’s relations with Europe. As Prime Minister, she proved equally controversial within the Commonwealth for her staunch opposition to the imposition of economic sanctions against apartheid South Africa.

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