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

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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, 30 January 2007

So Monarchy's Anachronistic. What's your Point?

Canadian television personality and columnist, Michael Coren, is a monarchist:

"One of the most inane criticisms of the British monarchy, or for that matter of any genuinely viable royal establishment, is that it is anachronistic. The whole point of monarchy is to be anachronistic, in that it is supposed to represent the ripples of the ancient in a time of change, signify the past at a time when people obsess about the present and the future. So those people who lauded Princess Diana for her baseball caps, friendships with clothing designers and pop stars and embracing of fashionable causes simply didn't understand the nature of the timeless icon. Majesty requires distance. Once the curtain is pulled back, we tend to see not irresistible glamour, but the achingly ordinary."

As Jeremy Paxman reminds us, who is "rather taken with Prince Philip's utter refusal to care what people think about him, and his contempt for the gutter press and the dumb, numb culture of cool Britannia":

"Monarchies do not function by logic. If they work, they do so by appealing to other instincts, of history, emotion, imagination and mythology, and we have to acknowledge that many of the most stable societies in Europe are monarchies, while some of the most unstable and corrupt have presidents."

"He's largely right, of course...As much as it may pain the cynical and the radical, millions of people still weep at God Save the Queen, but nobody cries while reading a political treatise about responsible garbage recycling. If they did, the monarchy would die within a week and life would suddenly become far more tedious than it already is."


Scott said...


He's right, of course. This is the kind of thing that needs to be repeatedly said to the utilitarian-nationalists so common amongst us.

Anonymous said...

It's a good point... to a point. But England is very much the exception to the rule, as far as the larger world of monarchy goes. In most other nations of Europe the monarch and royal family are in fact far more "ordinary" humble figures, and their popularity has not suffered as a result.

Unrepentant Jacobite said...

Mr. Coren also wrote a biography of the great G. K. Chesterton, which I recommend to all to read.