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Jun
10
comment How democratic was Imperial Germany?
@fdb: the government is accountable to Parliament, in that either house can summon a minister to appear before it, and the Commons can defeat a government in a confidence motion, forcing them from power.
Jun
10
comment How democratic was Imperial Germany?
Do you mean the Parliament of the United Kingdom? The Parliament of England ceased to exist in 1707.
Jun
5
comment Can the current Monarch in UK be overthrown or otherwise replaced?
@Oldcat: they already turned up such a scion. Ironically, he was a republican!
Jun
5
comment Can the current Monarch in UK be overthrown or otherwise replaced?
Inevitably, Wikipedia has an article on this subject.
Feb
26
comment Why did England consistently adopt red as their primary colour for insignia and uniform?
Could you provide sources, especially for that last sentence?
Jan
27
comment What are the immediate legal effects of rendering a royal branch illegitimate?
If there was doubt over the current monarch's legitimacy, and Parliament passed a bill making it clear, who would grant it Royal Assent? The current monarch couldn't, as their role would be in doubt until the bill became an act. It's a bit of a Catch 22 situation!
Sep
25
comment Colonisation of India: Which regions of the United Kingdom did colonial personnel come from?
Depending on the period in question, you may want to edit either the title or the text, as Great Britain and United Kingdom are not the same thing.
Sep
10
comment What factors enabled Europe to conquer almost the whole world?
Niall Ferguson's book "Civilization" addresses this very question.
Jan
12
comment Is the USA Congress explicitly patterned after the British Parliament?
See also: politics.stackexchange.com/questions/36/…
Dec
20
comment Do most of today's democratic nations with two-party system exhibit a civil war in recent past?
@FelixGoldberg: wasn't that, in part, a consequence of the Great Compromise?
Oct
17
comment Has the resignation of a political leader in a Westminster style parliament ever forced an election call?
@canadiancreed: can you clarify which election(s) you're referring to? I.e.: an election for his seat in Parliament (if he's resigned his seat); an election for leadership of his party (if he's resigned as leader); or a general election (if people think that it's inappropriate to have a change of premier without having the chance to choose the party in power).
Oct
10
comment What's the origin of valet parking?
A possible subsidiary question: why is valet parking so much more prevalent in the US than in the UK? I don't recall ever experiencing it here in Britain (though maybe I'm just going to the wrong kinds of establishments :-) ).
Jul
13
comment Can the Queen of England fire the prime minister of Australia?
Oh, absolutely.
Jul
13
comment Can the Queen of England fire the prime minister of Australia?
See also: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Prerogative_in_the_United_Kingdom
Jul
13
comment Can the Queen of England fire the prime minister of Australia?
While it's true that most of the Queen's powers (or these days, HM Government's powers) are limited by law, the power to appoint or dismiss a prime minister is one of a dwindling number which is not. It's a prerogative power, which is governed not by law, but by convention. Hence why, in theory, the Queen can do this; but in practise, she doesn't.
Jul
11
comment Why does Europe have so few skyscrapers compared to East Asia?
Could some of this be related to geology, for example, London being built on clay vs parts of Manhattan being built on rock?
Jun
12
comment Lion in the european monarchies' flags
The one labelled England above is the coat of arms of the Prince of Wales! It's based on the arms of the United Kingdom.
Jun
6
comment What is the basic structure of British Politics?
In addition, the site FAQ says that, "If you can imagine an entire book that answers your question, you’re asking too much." I suspect this may be true of this question.
Jun
6
comment What is the basic structure of British Politics?
Wikipedia has a good amount of detail. But is this really a history question? Perhaps it could be rephrased to make it more like one?
Jan
27
comment Since the inception of the United States, has the term “America” ever referred to something more than simply “the United States”?
Something similar has already been asked on English.SE. See also this question.