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

Wednesday, 13 February 2008

We Are Not Amused

Her Majesty deeply troubled for her Church and Bishop

Nobody relishes this massive pile-on that has subsumed our gentle Archbishop in popular controversy and contempt, but it needed to be done. Rowan Williams is not just Primate of England, he is leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion. What the good bishop (or Ayatollah of Canterbury to quote Peter Hitchens) was advocating and promoting in his muddled way was profoundly wrong, and antithetical to the British way of life. For me it perfectly symbolizes the spectacular failure of a sovereign people to integrate and assimilate their newcomers into civil society. This goes far beyond accommodating a particular group; what Rowan Williams provided in the moments before he was roundly denounced was a glimpse of individual liberal society surrendering their most basic values through a leap of reverse assimilation. This is accomodation and multiculturalism gone mad.

But far from showing that British society is all 21st century doom and gloom, what this actually demonstrated is just how robust it is, both inside and outside the media. It may not have been a case of the people awakening from their decade of darkness to give the collective finger to Tony Blair's Britain, but it was a cry of Enough! all the same. It is also heartening to read of Labour MPs scared for their seats where I Want a Referendum Dot Com are organising. This shows, I think, another instance where people are finally fed up and want their say. There is much cause to be worried about the future of Britain and the future of the Monarchy, but I think so long as the people are permitted their say, and aren't managed and mollycoddled from a-high, things will likely turn out not half bad. There is a lot of pent-up frustration out there, and it needs to be put to good use. In this respect, the gentle bishop provided an invaluable public service.

Update: Taylor & Company weigh in. What a beautiful blog.

1 comments:

Churchill's Parrot said...

We heartily agree and presume to invite readers to sample our take on the matter at http://churchillsparrot.blogspot.com/2008/02/wests-inadvertent-hero.html .

Cheers,

Charlie