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I was always under the impression that what made the UK different in this respect was that the Armed Forces or Police swore an oath to the monarch and not some dodgy politicians. The monarch is neutral, in France and various other states pledging allegience to the government was subject to coups and revolution (1REP) when things did not go the military or other parties way.
This could be the thin edge of the wedge
What would the opinion of Arrse users be if during their service they had to swear an oath to Blair, Major, Maggie or previous? I do understand the heirs and sucessors and the "her ministers" bit in the oath but I think we all know that it was to Betty Windsor who we were really giving an oath to, even if the monarchy is not a big deal to many at least the monarchy is not tainted by politics and occasionally pipes up for us.
Roundhead or Royalist? Hmmm.. The HAC had this dilemma during the ECW and ended up with elements on both sides. Don't think they actually ended up fighting each other but if they did it would have been VERY Civil of course.
On the Restoration the Regiment resumed business as usual but it must have led to some interesting war stories for a few years until it all died down!
The Corps of Drums claim to have had blokes on Oliver Cromwell's funeral, but I doubt there'd be the same rush to swear allegiance to Neue Arbeit or Europe if that should be suggested.
" I rather have a plain russetpcoted captain that knows what he fight for
and loves what he knows ,than that which you call a gentlemen and is nothing else "
At the time of civil war parlimeant as the divine right of kings is just silly to our modern eyes .
Now in a fight between new labour vrs windsors cant get any enthusaism for either side .who would be on new labours side ?