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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

Sunday, 8 June 2008

Return of the Scots Tory

Gerald Warner is finally back and in his native good form. Having been let go several months ago from The Scotsman for undisclosed reasons (no doubt too Tory, too traditionalist and too British for modern Scottish tastes and nationalist sensibilities), he is now blogging daily at The Telegraph , which means we will be treated to much more of the High Church Royalist than we were with his regular Sunday columns. Those were columns I looked forward to each and every week, ever since one of our Scottish correspondents (thanks, Dundonald!) made me aware of the great man back in 2005. For me, they were mandatory Saturday night bedtime reading, as I took full advantage of the time difference between Upper Canada and Upper Britain, happily digesting every witty word before the earliest risers in Scotland could get their morning Sunday coffee and paper.

For those who haven't had the good fortune to know of him, in the man's own words, he "is an author and broadcaster. He writes on culture, politics, religion and the madness of modern life. It would be an exaggeration to say that he regards the entire world as having gone to the dogs but he certainly thinks it is headed in that direction." He writes under the suitable header, "Is It Just Me?", understandably questioning whether one is a remnant from a bygone era for holding ultra traditionalist views.

It would be technically incorrect to call Mr. Warner a conservative, for how does one conserve all that which has been lost? No, it would make more sense to call the gentleman from north of the Tweed a radical Tory, a fellow counterrevolutionary, a restorative traditionalist with all the elan of a modern day Jacobite. Bring back the stiff upper lip! - Let's lay the keel for a new royal yacht! - Posh, an endangered species! - all radical stuff for this day and age, but it is the forthright funny way he exposes the madness of modernity, today's cheerful indignation being no exception. Remarking on the commercial allure of Che Guevara t-shirts, which are all the rage the world over, Warner intones: Himmler Lager, anyone? Pol Pot Aftershave?

I promise, every missive will bring a smile to your face, so do go and read the happy warrior - you will not be disappointed.


Palmerston said...

What splendid news!

Dundonald said...

Ah, there he lurks! Splendid. Thanks for bringing his return to our attention.

Lord Best said...

I enjoyed most of his blog posts, thank you for pointing them out. One or two were a bit uninspiring I have to admit.
Interestingly enough I was lectured on why the West was evil and had a responsibility to make up for it by spreading democracy, equal rights, human rights and the rule of law to make up for it, by a boy wearing a Che Guevara t-shirt.

Hannay said...


Interesting monicker.

J.K. Baltzersen said...


Sorry for commenting on such an old post, but I just had to add that Gerald Warner still is writing for The Scotsman.

It is true that Mr. Warner stopped writing for the Scotsman early December last year. However, there are 8 articles at his archive since, the first being from June 29. There are 8 articles in total thus far from after he stopped a year ago. The second is from July 6, before there is a break until September. There is an article per month for September and October, before he starts writing weeekly again on November 16. He has had a weekly column since.