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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.
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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
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BIG BEN: Celebrating 150 Years of the Clock Tower

Monday, 19 February 2007

A resurrection

It is with pleasure that we, (his humble servants), re-introduce to the public the Reverend Doctor Jonathan Swift, author, editor, poet, politician and Dean [emeritus] of Saint Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin. You will, no doubt, have heard of him. (He is on an Irish banknote, apparently.) Herewith follows his first contribution. Editor

IT is a practice I have generally followed, to converse in equal freedom with the deserving men of both parties. Examiner XIII

Returning to the world after an absence of some three hundred years is somewhat trying to the nerves. This is doubly so when, instead of returning to the familiar surroundings of The Deanery in Dublin, I have landed instead in a sham gothic colonial bog in the wilderness of the Antipodes.

Still, I have known exile in a bog before, and this one has its compensations. There is no congregation of Irish peasants to distract me from my observations of human folly, and I have a handy amanuensis, Mr. Bickerstaff, to take my dictation. Above all, I have the consolation that people remain as foolish as they used to be.

There is the same coalition of ululating Whigs, rabble rousing Radicals and mushrooming Dissenters in this country as there was in the last. And examining the Opposition, one sees exactly the same qualities as the dear old Tories in my day; stupidity, incompetence, greed and a pennyworth of genuine good nature. It's quite like old times.

Let us, then, savour these delights together. We shall build Another England here, where ghosts are not yet dead. Who knows? I might get a bishopric this time, although not, for choice, Cloyne, which was the God-awful place that scoundrel Bolingbroke offered me last time. If we can have gay bishops, Godless bishops, and triune bishops, an invisible bishop might be quite a nice change.

Greetings, abuse, and offers of ecclesiastical preferment are entertained in the comments.


Beaverbrook said...

And it is with pleasure that we welcome Swift to The Monarchist! You're probably right about that, that people and politics don't change over time, not really. I think Lewis Mumford was right when he said traditionalists are overly pessimistic about the future and overly optimistic about the past.