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

Sunday, 7 December 2008

The fall of Helengrad

I'm not sure why we failed to mention that New Zealand has a new prime minister, but the Honourable John Key nows heads up the other Down Under. Like so many others who are wedded to the spirit of the age, he reportedly believes that it is inevitable (yawn) that New Zealand will become a republic, so I'm not sure how much of an improvement this limosine liberal is over his predecessor. In any event, unlike his colleague across the Tasman, he had the dignified good sense not to raise the republican issue in advance of meeting Her Majesty a couple of weeks ago. (Notice also how his tie matches Her Majesty's dress!)

Insight%20nov08%20gallery%20zeal%20largeThe Queen receives the Prime Minister of New Zealand, the Hon. John Key MP, at Buckingham Palace, 25 November 2008.
© Press Association


Anonymous said...

Hm. On Mr Key's party website, next to a picture of the man himself, is a list called Vision and Values:

The very first item on that list is: "Loyalty to our country, its democratic principles and our Sovereign as Head of State."

That doesn't seem very wet to me...


Tweedsmuir said...

Mr Key also says that it is inevitable that the country will become a republic, although probably not for another decade.

“If Australia becomes a republic there is no question it will set off quite an intense debate on this side of the Tasman,” he said. “We would have to have a referendum if we wanted to move towards it. But I don’t think that will happen for some years yet.”

He also says that Tony Blair and David Cameron are his political heroes. We're getting mixed signals to say the least.