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

Friday, 4 April 2008

Lowering the Flag on Parliament

The sheer majesty of Parliament Hill in Ottawa should be enough to reduce any mossback to weeping in public in broad daylight. Anyone who thinks this resplendent image oozes Republic and not Kingdom needs their head or heart examined, I'm not sure which. The whole place reeks of monarchist splendour.

Parliament_HillUnfortunately the modernists and experimenters in Parliament want to devalue the franchise. Her Majesty's combined Loyal Opposition showed their contempt for decades of protocol in passing a motion calling on the Crown to half-mast the Peace Tower flag every time a soldier dies in service of Queen and Country. Given that a Canadian soldier gets killed every other week in Afghanistan (on average), it doesn't take a genius to figure how quickly such devaluation will take root. All in a maneouvre to gang up on the government and play politics it would seem.

DCP_0133In economics they call this the law of diminishing returns. It is right to resist this stupidity, so that when Remembrance Day rolls around every year, we still care to stop and pay our respects for all soldiers who have lost their lives in all our past wars; so that at the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them. Remembrance without diminishment.



Beaverbrook said...

Well said! I've always loved Bytown, especially all those colonial stone edicifices in The Market. Fantastic pics, too!

Beaverbrook said...

Apologies for changing the title on you. Editor's prerogative.

Jeremy said...

Hear, hear.

Lord Best said...

Beautiful buildings, leaves the Australian government buildings in Canberra for dead.

Scott said...

The second one is pure fairy-tale. Glorious.

Lord Strathcona's Horse said...

And to think I almost didn't include it because of that bloody crane to the right of it!

Tommy 3 Lions said...

This is a majestic building. I have not seen it before. Beautiful setting.

Anonymous said...

Better to leave the flag flying high and instead bring the lads home. No foolish wars to support a foolish American president.