Sixty Joyless De-Britished Uncrowned Commonpoor Years (1949-2009)

Elizabeth II Vice-Regal Saint: Remembering Paul Comtois (1895–1966), Lt.-Governor of Québec
Britannic Inheritance: Britain's proud legacy. What legacy will America leave?
English Debate: Daniel Hannan revels in making mince meat of Gordon Brown
Crazy Canucks: British MP banned from Canada on national security grounds
Happy St. Patrick's: Will Ireland ever return to the Commonwealth?
Voyage Through the Commonwealth: World cruise around the faded bits of pink.
No Queen for the Green: The Green Party of Canada votes to dispense with monarchy.
"Sir Edward Kennedy": The Queen has awarded the senator an honorary Knighthood.
President Obama: Hates Britain, but is keen to meet the Queen?
The Princess Royal: Princess Anne "outstanding" in Australia.
H.M.S. Victory: In 1744, 1000 sailors went down with a cargo of gold.
Queen's Commonwealth: Britain is letting the Commonwealth die.
Justice Kirby: His support for monarchy almost lost him appointment to High Court
Royal Military Academy: Sandhurst abolishes the Apostles' Creed.
Air Marshal Alec Maisner, R.I.P. Half Polish, half German and 100% British.
Cherie Blair: Not a vain, self regarding, shallow thinking viper after all.
Harry Potter: Celebrated rich kid thinks the Royals should not be celebrated
The Royal Jelly: A new king has been coronated, and his subjects are in a merry mood
Victoria Cross: Australian TROOPER MARK DONALDSON awarded the VC
Godless Buses: Royal Navy veteran, Ron Heather, refuses to drive his bus
Labour's Class War: To expunge those with the slightest pretensions to gentility
100 Top English Novels of All Time: The Essential Fictional Library
BIG BEN: Celebrating 150 Years of the Clock Tower

Tuesday, 31 October 2006

The Great Churchillian Lesson

The great lesson is the Churchillian one of "greater" Anglo-Saxon unity in the name of sanity, decency and the future against insanity, indecency and destruction. The question of whether our epicentre ought to be Washington, London or elsewhere is grotesquely pointless and misplaced.

There inevitably and perpetually will be differences of flavour, currency and fashion among the members of our greatest and most important of Clubs. Let us never forget, however, the ties of blood, spirit and conviction that not only bind us but which animate our indomitable spirit of freedom and of its vigorous defence. Our great common legacy is that of Washington and Pitt; Lincoln and Palmerston, Disraeli, Lee and Grant; Wilson and Lloyd George, Borden, Smuts and Hughes; of Roosevelt, Churchill, Mackenzie King and Curtin; of Kennedy, De Gaulle, Brandt and Meir (stretching the definition of "anglo-saxon" here); of Reagan, Thatcher, Mitterand and Kohl (stretching the definition again); of Bush, Blair, Harper and Howard.

The legacy we all share is our willingness to call both evil and truth by their names, and to do likewise with a lie - and to stand in defence of truth and of freedom, and be ready to destroy evil and lies, whatever the cost - for the simple truth that we understand that we cannot live in a world in which evil, lies, slavery and our enemies flourish.

Against our commonalities, our differences are as trivial as they come.