Only The Queen understands
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Monday, 30 December 2013

Professor Philip Murphy’s book  "Monarchy and the End of Empire'' – is ''by a country mile the most important and well-informed to have been written about the contemporary British monarchy...''  writes Peter Oborne in the London Daily Telegraph on 27 December 2013 ''Only the Queen understands the true value of the Commonwealth''.

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Professor Murphy  says the record  suggests that The Queen may well be better informed and be more abreast of the time than her ministers.

'' Look at her record: against Suez; in favour of Macmillan; against arms sales to South Africa; for sanctions against apartheid. A personal record of wise but deft interventions in foreign affairs.

''She is pro-British, but does not think that means being slavishly European or Atlanticist.

''She understands the relevance of ancient history to modern foreign policy.

''She knows a multitude of world leaders.

His ultimate challenge is this: ''Here’s a thought: could it be that the Queen, and the Commonwealth she heads, is a far greater foreign policy asset to Britain than all recent foreign secretaries and prime ministers put together?''