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, 26 November 2007

Wigs and Robes in the Republic of Uganda

It would appear that Uganda did not get the memo on modernity. The Speaker of the Ugandan Parliament pictured here seems to be still stubbornly stuck in the past, clinging to that widely discredited notion, tradition. More specifically, British tradition.

Here's another shocker: the fanatical lengths to which some Ugandans want a practicing Christian country. Apparently the Lord's Resistance Army is at war with the government and will stop at nothing to establish a theocratic regime based on the Christian Bible and the Ten Commandments. Its leader, Joseph Kony, might want to brush up on one of its moral imperatives though, namely thou shalt not kill.


J.K. Baltzersen said...

As a former resident of Uganda's neighbor to the east, on the other side of Lake Victoria, I find this post especially interesting.

Lake Victoria, BTW, is second only to Lake Superior when it comes to fresh water lake surface area, and it is the source of the longest river on the planet, the White Nile. Majestic indeed!

Beaverbrook said...

I'm envious. I think that area of Africa is where I'd most like to set foot. Apart from the natural beauty though, when it comes to revering and respecting tradition, I wager the African nations have more to teach.

J.K. Baltzersen said...

Roger Whitaker's Last Farewell is a tribute to the "Land of Endless Sunshine" – not some woman.

Long into the post-colonial era, the "Crown" was a party in Kenyan court cases. A train ride from Nairobi to Mombasa was remniscient of colonial times.

Whether these two concepts are still around, I do not know.

Kipling said...

If Gordon Brown has any sense - pardon the fanciful notion - he would make polite inquiries about re-establishing the monarchy in Uganda. It would give the people of that country a positive and unifying symbol, something to focus on instead of Idi Amin's bleak legacy.