Who owns the Duchy of Lancaster?

The Duchy of Lancaster, unlike the Crown Estate, is legally owned by the reigning monarch as part of the job. This means that if they were to abdicate or the institution of the monarchy were abolished, it would no longer be their property. So how did this come into being? Why is it separate from the Crown Estate? Answer to these questions, and more, below.

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How to refer to a transgender person’s past

This is a note based on some real life experiences that I’ve heard of. Apparently people are confused about what pronouns, and names to use, about a transgender person’s history before they came out.

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Why nurses will be striking to save the NHS, not themselves

Last month, the Royal College of Nurses (RCN) voted to go on strike if the next government – whatever it would have been after the 8th June General Election – decided to keep the below-inflation 1% pay cap for public sector workers. Beyond pay, it’s important to look at what the long-term impacts of chronic underpay of key workers leads to.

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Does the monarchy unite or divide us?

A society can be divided when it cannot decide collectively on the direction it wants to go. Within the UK, Northern Ireland has been one of the more divisive regions, with divisions being formed along religious, political, monarchism/republicanism and community lines. This division turned into violence, with harrowing consequences. In some countries, democracy is seen as a mob that is self-interested and imposes a tyranny of the majority without establishing a consensus. However, in a mature democracy like the UK, clear wins in elections are accepted as creating a mandate for whatever action the majority voted for, and there is a consensus that minorities should be protected by their elected representatives.

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