A friend pointed out to me a confusion in yesterday’s post that the Guardian’s mess of an article is also to blame for. I conflated the sort of assent being talked of here with the Royal Assent. The latter is indeed the final formality once Parliament has passed legislation, and nobody is suggesting that this has been recently and regularly refused and abused. Instead, the issue is over the monarchy consenting to bills being simply discussed by Parliament. This is required when “the bill affects a prerogative power and… when a bill affects the personal financial interests of the Queen or the Prince.” Now, I stand by my claim that we have reason to think there’s something mildly fishy going on here. But fortunately this evidently isn’t a monarchical abuse of power. It’s an abuse of power functioning through the monarchy, but it’s source almost certainly lies with government ministers.