PREMIERSHIP: Historian Simon Schama's Tour of 10 Downing Street


PREMIERSHIP: Historian Simon Schama's Tour of 10 Downing Street
by Darius Kadivar

Britain is a Constitutional Monarchy where the Queen is Head of State and the Elected Prime Minister is Head of Government. The latter sits and runs the country at his office at 10 Downing Street. The Prime Minister and Cabinet (consisting of all the most senior ministers, who are government department heads) are collectively accountable for their policies and actions to the Sovereign, to Parliament, to their political party, and ultimately to the electorate. The current Prime Minister[update], David Cameron, was appointed on 11 May 2010. Historian Simon Schama shows us around in this BBC Documentary made during Tony Blair's term in Office. The Powers of the Prime Minister are equal to that of a President in a Republic but he is accountable equally to the Reigning ( But Not Ruling ) Queen or King who nevertheless has a number a Royal Prerogatives ( See How Truly Democratic And Stable Is The British Monarchy? )

The Queen and the Prime Minister:

An insight into the relationship between past and present Prime Ministers and The Queen, with footage kindly donated from the BBC's 'The Queen at 80'.

Simon Schama's Tour of Downing Street

Part I: The White Room

Part II: The Cabinet Room

Part III: The Dining Room

Part IV: The Staircase


Simon Schama confronts US neo-con douche bag John Bolton


Simon Schama on the night of the 2008 US Election:

Simon Schama confronts neo-con douche bag John Bolton with the contrasts in the fortunes of the Democrats and the Republicans

Also See Simon Schama's Voyage Across America Following Obama's Election Campaign Here


Recent Prime Ministers of Great Britain - Transition-

State Visits- Debates in Parliament


Barack Obama at 10 Downing Street, London:

Prime Minister Tony Blair departs Downing Street:

Prime Minister Gordon Brown arrives at Downing Street:

Brown vs. Cameron during Queen's Speech debate:

David Cameron is the UK's new prime minister - BBC News:


Prime Ministers in Times of War


Winston Churchill: Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat (1940):

Margaret Thatcher end of Falklands War

Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher talks to press outside No 10 following announcement of Argentine surrender in Falklands conflict as crowds sing 'Rule Britannia', Downing Street; 15 Jun 82

Prime Minister David Cameron defends Libyan Intervention in Parliament:


Monarch at War


In case of a Military Conflict, War or Peace are carried by the Prime Minister and his cabinet in the Name of the Head of State which Remains the Monarch. Even if in practice such decisive decisions are truly made by the Prime Minister and his cabinet whilst informing the Monarch who cannot really oppose it (except in private).

The Monarch (King or Queen) however symbolically remains the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces ( Navy, Army and Airforce combined)

First War Time Speech of King George VI as depicted in the film "The King's Speech":

The Real King's Speech - King George VI - September 3, 1939:


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