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

Monday, 11 June 2007

For one of Her Majesty's far-flung subjects, who hails from the pioneer stump ranch community of Beaver Creek, British Columbia, I have always admired the name, Beaverbrook. Lord Beaverbrook chose it for himself when he was raised to the peerage because no appellation could more perfectly symbolise his British-Canadian roots. And so it was a natural fit when I started this blog in 2005.

Baby Beaverbrook has been in need of my affection and tenderness as of late, hence the lameness of postings over the past couple of weeks. A few things I have missed, and would like to have commented sooner:

1. William of Oz: Professor David Flint, the leading monarchist Down Under, noticed our April 21 post urging Prince William to marry an Australian, which Cato believes would kill off the republic faster than you can say glossy magazine. I have said it before, and I will say it again: As Australia goes, so goes the rest of us. Unfortunately it is a point most loyalists don't seem to appreciate.

2. Wild for Harry: Meanwhile Canucks in Cow Town are wild for Harry. And Harry is wild for them. Especially the cowgirls in Calgary. If Oz gets William, we get Harry. The possibilities are intriguing for a future Royal Family.

3. James Bond: Finally saw Casino Royale on the weekend. Daniel Craig is Steve McQueen cool. I honestly believe him to be the best James Bond yet (I have never been a Sean Connery fan). I think the ladies dig him too - that's because he is quite possibly the first Double-O-Seven who sees women as worthwhile pursuits rather than disposable pleasures. Incidentally, having been born in 68, he is the first Bond to be born after the whole enterprise started in the early 60s. That also makes us the same age, though he may be a tad better built and better looking than I. Just a tad, mind you.

4. The Queen: And in case you thought I was a twit who doted on the monarchy, I finally caught The Queen last week. I thought the characters were cast quite well, except the grand old Duke of Edinburgh, who was miscast as some perpetually crass and grumpy stick in the mud, instead of the elegant gentleman we all know him to be. The film's director doesn't have a soft spot for Prince Philip, and it shows.

5. Lord Stanley: Not that I follow sports much any more (except the UFC, of which I am an increasingly devoted spectator), but Lord Stanley would not be amused at seeing the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim defeat the Ottawa Senators in the Stanley Cup final. Isn't that something, eh? A British Lord defined our greatest game. Would it be because we were all British once. I wonder.

6. Calling the King of Arms: Speaking of sports, the London logo for the 2012 Summer Olympics is causing people to experience epileptic seizures. It is pretty damn ugly, but that's what you get when you pay modernists to foist their insufferable and decrepit "art" on us. The Garter Principal or Lord Lyon King of Arms may sound like a stuffy anachronism, but at least he knows how to design timeless and heraldically appealing work. Kindly make better use of your in-house British talent. Sheesh.


Cato, author of said...

Beaverbrook, I wonder whether you are right in stating "As Australia goes, so goes the rest of us." My understanding is that a simple pan-Australian referendum would be enough, if it went the wrong way, to precipitate Australia becoming a republic. A yes vote, followed by a legislative change, would effectively force the Crown to sign off on the legislation and Asutralia would thus (heaven forbid) become a Republic. By contrast, I understood that such a change in Canada would require the Constitution to be altered which would require the consent of every Candian Province before the proposed change took effect. Any one province could reject it, including fiercely loyalist provinces, in which event the whole proposal would fall. Really, it seems to me that you Canadiains are in uniquely entrenched royalist position. I can imagine Australia and even the UK becoming republics before Canada ever does. I am extremely envious of your constitutional position!

Scott said...

I can't imagine the UK every wittingly becoming a republic; under the EU, with the EU President, I'm afraid to say it almost already is.

Beaverbrook said...

You are right, Scottish Cato (English Cato also comments here frequently). I'm not saying that Canada would necessarily become a republic, which is seemingly constitutionally and practically impossible given the required unanimous consent of all provincial and federal governments, only that the momentum of an Australian result would further diminish the Crown and one cannot predict what that would look like for the rest of us, nor where that momentum would lead us. But it would be foolish to believe that everything would be fine the day after, given the potential shift in public opinion overnight and the debate that would immediately ensue.

Who knows, for example, where calls to patriate the Crown would lead us. You just don't know where it could all lead.