Britain consults on monarchy succession laws
Summary of story from CBC News, October 13, 2011
British Prime Minister David Cameron is proposing that males should no longer take precedence when it comes to heir of the throne.
He is consulting with 16 Commonwealth countries over changing the rules of the monarchy’s succession.
Currently if a girl is the first-born in a royal family, her younger brother would be heir.
Cameron sent a letter to Commonwealth leaders, including the Canadian and Australian Prime Ministers, last month.
It said: “We espouse gender equality in all other aspects of life and it is an anomaly that in the rules relating to the highest public office we continue to enshrine male superiority.”
The issue will be discussed at a meeting of Commonwealth leaders in Perth, Australia later this month. Any changes to the law will entail that all 16 countries sign up to it.
WVoN comment: If this change is made then it should also influence the sexist succession rates of the titled and rich of this country, who still hand down their landed estates through the male line.
Also note the word “espouse” in Cameron’s letter, he knew he couldn’t write: “We have gender equality in all other aspects of life” didn’t he?