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The end of Britain’s most powerful political symbol



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Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain died on 8 September. In addition to inviting the reader to consult the Gazeta do Povo obituary of the monarch, this case raises some speculation. As far as political issues are concerned, none of them are of course very short term, as the next few months will be marked by official ceremonies. And then, however, what could be the specific political consequences of the death of the longest-lived monarch in British history?

For a significant part of the British population and several countries that are the possessions of the crown, Elizabeth II was a symbol in the positive sense of the word. For these people, it meant resilience, stability, a familiar face in politics. It also meant, especially for older people, British fame, “good times” when these people felt they ruled most of the Earth, she who was the last monarch of the British Empire as she once was.

Of course, this is a short goal, limited to one paragraph. The fact is that Elizabeth II connected the British generation Z of 2022 with the baby boomers of the 1950s, the fusion of British identity and the constant presence in the imagination of these supporters. It also became a symbol of behavior compared to political and personal scandals involving children, sisters, daughters-in-law and grandchildren. In short, Elizabeth was a kind of “collective grandmother” who had ruled since the 1950s and whose public functions date back to World War II.

Charles III

For all these reasons, the symbol that was Elizabeth II will not have a suitable replacement. At least not his son, the new King Charles III, or his grandson in the line of succession. And this is and will continue to generate concrete political consequences, not only in gossip tabloids or protocols and codes of etiquette. The first and most obvious aspect is that the popular image of Charles III is far from favorable.

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In recent years, there have been speculations at various times that he might abdicate in favor of his eldest son, William. Let’s remember that British law is customary and the precedent for abdication that exists today is that of Edward VIII who abdicated in 1936. a wife may at some point claim the crown.

For Charles III to abdicate on behalf of his son, if any, would require another Act passed by Parliament. For a number of reasons, including mourning for the longest-serving British monarch, this is not possible. Charles III is king, it remains to be seen if he will be crowned. Edward VIII was not even crowned as the ceremony is not immediate to observe a period of mourning for the deceased monarch. Interestingly, the unpopularity of Charles III can be partially reversed, depending on his role in the farewell ceremonies for his mother.

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Other implications for British domestic policy are also possible. Not in the short term, of course. No political leadership will risk appearing disrespectful of due rites and national mourning for this powerful symbol that has passed away. One is the strengthening of the Scottish demand for a new independence referendum, as already promised by Nicola Sturgeon, whose Scottish National Party has a majority in the local parliament. Opinion polls on this topic are practically a draw.

Scotland’s independence is also being strengthened by Brexit, which further affects relations on the island of Ireland, a problem that we have already seen several times here in our space. The loss of the monarchy’s most powerful symbol could strengthen Irish republicanism in the long run. Reminding our reader that in the context of Northern Ireland, “republicanism” does not simply mean secession from the United Kingdom, but reunification with the Republic of Ireland on a single island.

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This does not mean that Elizabeth’s death directly reinforces these principles, but rather that the power of her symbol prevented further progress towards Scottish independence or Irish republicanism. Republicanism has the same effect on the other dominions of the British crown. When we say that Elizabeth was the last monarch of the empire, we mean how many territories became independent and how many of the crown’s dominions became republics, completely separate from the United Kingdom.

In the first decades of her reign, Elizabeth lost the crowns of Pakistan, Nigeria and Ghana, countries in which she was head of state even after independence. It was not just a historical process. Fiji and Barbados have become republics in recent years. Barbados was even the topic of a column here in our space, and on this occasion we have already talked about the rise of republicanism in the British kingdoms after the Queen has carried out the natural course of life, which is what happened now.


In the medium term, we will see an increase in Republicanism in New Zealand, Australia and the Caribbean. In May 2021, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern stated that she believed the country would soon become a republic. Polls put a sort of “tie” on the issue in public opinion, while programs such as a new national flag without British symbols and greater Māori participation in politics enjoy more support.

In Australia, Republicanism is winning in several opinion polls, in addition to being defended by the Labor Party and the Greens, and the Liberal Party is strong. The same debate cited about the flag and the political role of the indigenous population also applies. In the case of these two countries, relations with London may not be supported by the monarchy or King Charles III, but by the fear of worsening relations with China. Republicanism would probably mean a closer rapprochement with the US.

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It would be naive to think that the death of Elizabeth, which interrupted the political trajectory of such a powerful symbol as her reign, would have no political consequences. It will be a big national commotion, maybe worldwide, but after that commotion, many will ask themselves, “Now what?” And many of the answers that will come up will not be pleasing to London ears, let alone the new King Charles III.

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The dollar continues to reflect the political scenario



The dollar continues to reflect the political scenario

Yesterday, financial agents evaluated the opposite decision of the Federal Supreme Court (STF) regarding the so-called secret budget. In addition, a decision was made by STF Minister Gilmar Méndez to issue an injunction that would exclude the Bolsa Família from the spending cap rule, with investors trying to understand how this measure would affect the processing of the transitional PEC in the Chamber of Deputies. Oh this PEC!!!!

Since he is an exchange investor, any reading that the budget will be exceeded or become more flexible will negatively affect the exchange market, whether through the PEC or in any other way. We will continue with volatility today.

Looking beyond, the US Central Bank (Fed), although slowing down the pace of monetary tightening at its December meeting, issued a tougher-than-expected statement warning that its fight against inflation was not yet over, raising fears that rising US interest rates will push the world’s largest economy into recession.

The currency market continues to react to political news. The voting on the PEC is saved for today. It is expected that it will indeed be reviewed to open the way tomorrow for discussions on the 2023 budget.

Yesterday, the spot price closed the selling day at R$5.3103.

For today on the calendar we will have an index of consumer confidence in the eurozone. Good luck and good luck in business!!

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Andrés Sánchez consults with the Ministry of Sports, but refuses a political post.



The former president of the Corinthians dreams of working for the CBF as a national team coordinator. He was consulted shortly after Lula’s election.

Former Corinthians president Andrés Sánchez was advised to take a position in the Ministry of Sports under the administration of Lula (PT). However, he ruled out a return to politics. dreams of taking over the coordination of CBF selectionHow do you know PURPOSE.

No formal invitation was made to the former Corinthian representative, only a consultation on a portfolio opportunity with the new federal government, which will be sworn in on January 1, 2023.

Andrés was the Federal MP for São Paulo from 2015 to 2019. At that time he was elected by the Workers’ Party. However, the football manager begs to stay in the sport, ruling out the possibility of getting involved in politics again.

Andrés Sanchez’s desire is to fill the position of CBF tackle coordinator, which should become vacant after the 2022 World Cup. Juninho Paulista fulfills this function in Brazil’s top football institution.

The former president of Corinthians was in Qatar to follow the World Cup along with other figures in Brazilian football. During his time in the country, he strengthened his ties with the top leadership of the CBF.

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The EU has reached a political agreement on limiting gas prices – 19.12.2022



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BRUSSELS, DECEMBER 19 (ANSA). European Union countries reached a political agreement on Monday (19) to impose a natural gas price ceiling of 180 euros per megawatt hour (MWh). The main sources of income for Russia and the minimization of the use of energy as a weapon by the regime of Vladimir Putin.

The agreement was approved by a supermajority at a ministerial meeting of member states in Brussels, Belgium, after months of discussions about the best way to contain the rise in natural gas prices in the bloc caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. .

The value set by the countries is well below the proposal made by the European Commission, the EU’s executive body, in November: 275 EUR/MWh. However, the countries leading the cap campaign were in favor of an even lower limit, around 100 EUR/MWh.

Germany, always wary of price controls, voted in favor of 180 euros, while Austria and the Netherlands, also skeptical of the cap, abstained. Hungary, the most pro-Russian country in the EU, voted against.

The instrument will enter into force on 15 February, but only if natural gas prices on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange exceed 180 euros/MWh for three consecutive days. In addition, the difference compared to a number of global benchmarks should be more than 35 euros.

Italy, the EU’s biggest supporter of the ceiling, has claimed responsibility for the measure. “This is a victory for Italy, which believed and worked for us to reach this agreement,” Environment and Energy Minister Gilberto Picetto tweeted.

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“This is a victory for Italian and European citizens who demand energy security,” he added.

Currently, the gas price in Amsterdam is around 110 EUR/MWh, which is already a reflection of the agreement in Brussels – in August the figure even broke the barrier of 340 EUR/MWh.

However, Russia has already threatened to stop exports to countries that adhere to the ceiling. (ANSA).

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