The Queen is dead, long live the... president. And who should this bastion of democracy be? Richard Branson? Boris Johnson? Alan Sugar? Cheryl Cole-shortly to return as the nation's sweetheart?
When David Cameron put forward legislation to legalise same sex marriage, he can not have imagined the full implications of this new law. Or, to put it another, more Ukip-ian way: the PM made a big mistake when he rammed gay marriage down our throats.
The Bureau's trawl of local authority planning documents has established that 24 the 54 developments by the Crown Estate, the Duchies, the Church and Grosvenor fail to meet local affordable housing targets. In other words, Britain's five historic landowners are building in places where there is a recognised need for affordable homes, a requirement for them to meet that need but they often fail to do so.
Even before the Queen's historic partial handover of duties to Prince Charles last week there was at least one person already singing the future king's praises. Sarah Miles, the Oscar-nominated actress now a committed spiritual healer, feels Britain is on the verge of major changes and the Prince of Wales could be the guy to step-up and make a difference.
Below is the full text of Her Majesty The Queen's Christmas Message delivered today on television by her Royal Highness and broadcast to the entire Commonwealth. It is printed in full by kind permission of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Second and Buckingham Palace.
Modeled on the elegant ocean liners of old, the Queen Elizabeth offers exceptional service that never goes out of fashion.
Ian Carmichael, the Mayfair-based hairdresser who has been responsible for the Queen's hair for the past 15 years, declared that it was a "big mistake for women in their mid-40s and beyond" to have their hair cut short.
I propose that the priority of the next government budget should be to privatise the monarchy... The only difference is that the royal family will have to dip into their vast personal wealth in order to fund their luxurious lifestyles - and pay their fair share of tax.
If we lose Elizabeth Fry from our five pound note, we are left with the Queen as our only female representative. Are we really unable to find a single historical female figure worthy of being commemorated? Maybe we just can't collectively remember women that have done great deeds. That certainly seems to have been the trouble in sport this month.
The most significant influence in recent years has been Kate Middleton whose impeccable fashion sense has been instrumental in boosting takings in British High Street tills, inspiring optimism in a flagging clothing industry. The Reiss fashion chain, for example, is reported to have increased its fortune by £5 million to £130 million after Kate wore its creations.
Dear Mr Prime Minister, you've had a rough time lately. You party is in disarray. Your popularity rating has never been lower. You've resorted to acknowledging that Ed Miliband exists. So I have a solution: invade America.
A new baby trumps any guests, even royal ones. All special treatment is diverted to the newest member of the family and guests must respect this and accept that standards in the home you are visiting may not be what they usually are. So Your Majesty do not be surprised if you glance around the room and see William's underpants drying on the radiators.
I think we were all amazed that The Queen was travelling on public transport the day after the horrific murder of the young soldier Lee Rigby on the streets of Woolwich. It showed courage and a determination on the part of the Queen to carry on and not be intimated by the threats posed by those who think nothing of wantonly taking innocent lives.
Now that we are all looking at the Coronation again on its 60th anniversary, I can see that the Coronation being broadcast on TV was the real start of the new era when posh began to give way to popular culture.
Watching the BBC's The Apprentice, I am reminded of a show in last year's series when one of the contestants endlessly repeated 'What's the strategy? ...
Expectations of the Queen's Speech, in terms of economic measures, were low. Sadly, they turn out to be right. Nothing that was announced today will make much difference either to growth in the economy in the short-term or its potential to grow in the medium-term.