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God Save the Queen - Not this time by Chris Oakley and Steve Payne

Author says: in which we develop a what-if story published in the New Statesman in which Cameron is worse than we imagined, much worse. Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).

Part 1: on April 16th, 2015, Conservative Party leader David Cameron, elected as prime minister of Great Britain five years earlier in response to popular disenchantment with the policies of Labour PM Gordon Brown, was forced to resign after a host of political and economic

On his watch and rail transport systems grind to a halt; its international standing plummet after a number of Tehran schoolchildren were killed when a missile went astray during a joint US-UK-Israeli air strike against Iranian nuclear weapons production complexes; five major British retail store chains go bankrupt; public services to Britain's less fortunate citizens slashed to the bone; the BBC, formerly the world's most respected broadcast network, reduced to a shadow of its former glorious self; unemployment pass the 4.5 million mark; the fascist British National Party make unprecedented inroads into Parliament; the House of Commons twice come within a cat's whisker of passing referendums that would have terminated Britain's membership in the European Union by 2016; and Scottish first minister Alex Salmond push for a vote on whether to declare Scotland's independence from the rest of the United Kingdom.

As if all that wasn't enough to undermine British voters' confidence in their prime minister, the British Army was stretched to the breaking point in Afghanistan and Yemen; the neo-Peronista regime in Argentina was actively working to acquire a nuclear bomb and was also rumored to be drafting plans for a new invasion of the Falkland Islands; the National Health Service was being steadily dismantled; and the royal family were virtual prisoners at Buckingham Palace thanks to the almost-daily rioting going on in London and other major cities in the UK as economic and racial tensions worsened.

But the straw that truly broke the camel's back for the Cameron administration came in March of 2015 when two of the UK's largest banks crashed within days of each other, plunging Britain into its worst internal financial crisis since the Great Depression. By early April former PM John Major, in one of his last major public statements before his death, was blasting Cameron for--in Major's words--"pouring petrol on the fires that threaten to burn Great Britain from the pages of history". Even Margaret Thatcher, who had campaigned extensively Cameron's behalf during the 2010

Part 2: on October 11th, 2010, Britain entered a fresh political crisis after David Cameron rejected Nick Clegg's demand for an additional three Cabinet Ministerial Posts in the Coalition Government just one day after the British electorate voted overwhelmingly to endorse the Alternative Voting System (AVS).

During the formation of a "strong, stable and legitmate" Government back in May, Cameron had devised an imaginative formula for the division of powers. As a result, almost half of Liberal Democrat Mps had received a Whitehall appointment, and Nick Clegg became Deputy Prime Minister. Effectively, the Parliamentary Party had been bought off.

However, in seeking to drive a harder bargain, Clegg had engaged with paralell talks with Gordon Brown. The fear of a Progressive Coalition being formed by Labour and the Liberal Democrats forced Cameron to up his "big, open and comprehensive offer". And as a deal-sweetener, Cameron went the "extra mile" by offering a referendum of AVS.

Cameron and Clegg had agreed to maintain the Coalition up until 2015, a full Parliamentary session. However the problem was that in the small print of the deal, Liberal Democrats could campaign independently during European and Local elections and so party politics remained a reality. And many Liberal Democrats were eager to fight a General Election under AVS in the expectation of at least doubling their number of Parliamentary seats. Such an outcome, would of course dramatically imbalance the Cameron formula because it would upgrade the Liberal Democrats to full partners.

Part 3: on April 21st 2015, James Murdoch, son of media mogul Rupert Murdoch and a major tycoon in his own right, announced he was putting together an investors' group to acquire a controlling stake in BBC1, which had been put up for sale a few weeks earlier in a desperate attempt to resolve a growing British government budget shortfall. .

The news of Murdoch's bid sparked grave fears among BBC1 employees, whose salaries had already been severely cut by the outgoing Cameron administration and were likely to be slashed still further if the Murdoch group succeed in its efforts to take over the longtime flagship of the BBC network.

Part 4: on April 24th 2015, fearing for his life if he returned to Britain, entertainer and former Beatle Paul McCartney, who'd been touring continental Europe when David Cameron resigned as prime minister, went to the U.S. embassy in Madrid and requested political asylum in America for himself and his family.

That McCartney had considered such drastic action, much less actually gone through with it, was one of the clearest signs yet just how bad things had gotten in the swiftly and inexorably disintegrating United Kingdom. Indeed, even as McCartney was filing his asylum request dozens of London's top police officers had resigned their commissions in disgust over the sky-high crime rate in the British capital.

Part 5: on April 26th 2015, maverick leftist author Christopher Hitchens was shot and killed just hours after giving a CNN interview in which he lashed out at the British National Party for what he called "s***ing on Britain's grave".

The timing of the attack sparked rumors that the BNP had put a contract out on Hitchens; however, forensic evidence at the scene of the murder would later prompt police investigators to conclude that the crime had actually been commited by a Scottish left wing extremist who'd been enraged by a critique of the Scot independence movement Hitchens had published shortly before David Cameron's resignation as British prime minister.

Part 6: on April 26th 2015, Gibraltar passed back into Spanish hands after centuries of British rule.

The takeover, and London's feeble response to it, were symptomatic of how badly Britain's international prestige had deteriorated on David Cameron's watch.


Part 7: on May 1st 2015, voters in Scotland narrowly approved a referendum declaring Scottish independence from Great Britain effective in two months.

Scotland Edinburgh would serve as the national capital for the newly established Republic of Scotland; thousands of Scotsmen who had been previously serving in the British armed forces would be recalled to form the nucleus of a new Scottish national defense force; and Balmoral, the British royal family's longtime summer residence, would be converted by the Scottish government into a national historical museum.

Part 8: on May 2nd 2015, the New York Stock Exchange opened down 820 points in reaction to the passage of the Scottish independence referendum.    .


Part 9: on May 4th 2015, Alex Salmond was officially inaugurated as the first president of the Scottish Republic.




Part 10: on May 5th, 2015 on this day the United Nations General Assembly convened an emergency session to debate the matter of who should replace the UK on the UN Security Council.

That same day the new official Scottish Republic government website RepScot.gov.sco went online for the first time.


Part 11: on May 6th, 2015, the last remnants of what had been the British Army's Ulster contingent left Belfast.



Part 12: on May 9th, 2015, after four days of intense and sometimes bitter debate, the UN General Assembly approved a resolution nominating India to assume the UN Security Council seat formerly held by the United Kingdom.




Part 13: on May 10th, 2015, India officially assumed the UN Security Council permanent seat formerly occupied by the United Kingdom



Part 14: on May 14th, 2015, Britain's last monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, died of heart failure at Oxford University Hospital.




Part 15: on May 16th, 2015, Wales declared its independence. Welsh Nation



Part 16: on May 17th, 2015, the International Olympic Committee convened a special session to decide who should fill the IOC seat formerly held by the United Kingdom.      



Part 17th: on May 19th, 2015, International Monetary Fund chairman and former British prime minister Gordon Brown issued a sobering report predicting "we may be only months if not weeks away from a second Great Depression" as a result of the global economic turmoil triggered by the UK's collapse.

Author says to view guest historian's comments on this thread please visit the Today in Alternate History web site.

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Chris Oakley and Steve Payne, Guest Historian and Editor of Today in Alternate History, a Daily Updating Blog of Important Events In History That Never Occurred Today. Follow us on Facebook, Myspace and Twitter.

Imagine what would be, if history had occurred a bit differently. Who says it didn't, somewhere? These fictional news items explore that possibility. Possibilities such as America becoming a Marxist superpower, aliens influencing human history in the 18th century and Teddy Roosevelt winning his 3rd term as president abound in this interesting fictional blog.


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