In 1974, with the unions in revolt and his government in tatters, prime minister Edward Heath called a general election around the theme “Who governs Britain?”. The answer turned out to be, not him. Instead, Labour’s Harold Wilson moved into Downing Street, to face exactly the same range of problems that had so bedevilled Heath.
French Letter: A bloodied Macron cancels Charles and Camilla’s state visit
Britain’s monarch and his wife will have no wish to play the part, however vicariously, of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.