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

Saturday, 28 June 2008

The Cult of Nelson Mandela

I agree with Peter Hitchens that our admiration for Nelson Mandela, the world recipient of over 100 substantial awards and honours, is just a tad overly extravagant. We are on much more solid ground partaking in the cult of Churchill, who counted the pugnacious F.E. Smith, my namesake, as his greatest friend.

Insight%20jun08%20gallery%20mandela%20largeHere Mandela is again in his trademark silk gown, marking his 90th birthday in the presence of Her Majesty. The Queen received Nelson Mandela and his wife Graca Machel at Buckingham Palace, 25 June 2008. The former President of South Africa was in London to attend a concert to mark his milestone birthday and to raise funds for his AIDS charities.


Beaverbrook said...

I've been hearing a lot about the "cult of Churchill" lately. Perhaps we need a post on that.

edward tattysyrup said...

Bloody hell!!!

I just stumbled on nutcase central :-O

F.E. Smith said...

As the Duke of Edinburgh might say to Mandela, in his more spontaneous moments: "You look ready for bed"!

Shaftesbury said...

I don't see the point of this post and its implied criticism.

The one political thing I will admit to being wrong about was my opinion of Mr. Mandela in the early to mid 1980's. I considered him a dangerous communist thug and am now ashamed to admit that this was the case. It turns out he was a bigger man than the Nazis who ran the Apartheid Machine.

He has earned the esteem of the world and, he has rightfully earned it.