Behind the headlines
Britain’s secret weapon
The world may be falling apart, says Adrian Wooldridge in Bloomberg, but the King’s Speech on Tuesday “proceeded like well-oiled clockwork”. The Yeomen of the Guard searched the cellars of the Palace of Westminster for gunpowder plotters. The King arrived in the Diamond Jubilee Stage Coach and proceeded to his gold throne in the House of Lords. The junior whip was dispatched to Buckingham Palace to act as a hostage until the boss was safely home. The speech itself, written by No 10, was striking for its “thinness”, but the richness of the ritual reveals something important: “the fundamental stability of the British political system”.