Saturday, September 27, 2014

Peter Hitchens on the Monarchy, Religion, and Culture

. Saturday, September 27, 2014
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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Thank God the United Kingdom Survived!

. Saturday, September 20, 2014
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Good heavens, gentlemen! What the heck almost happened yesterday?? Daniel Hannan, says it better than most. Thank God we still have a United Kingdom. Scottish independence, like Quebec secession dreams, like Australian republicanism, is now dead as a dodo for decades to come. Thank God for that!

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Friday, April 25, 2014

The strange, sudden, uncontested end of serious republicanism in Australia

. Friday, April 25, 2014
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This photo explains much, but not all of what has happened. Let me explain.

The Cambridge family signs off after the most extensive royal tour of Australia and New Zealand in decades.

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Her Majesty at 88

. Monday, April 21, 2014
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Happy birthday to Her Britannic Majesty!




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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Who will be the next knights and dames in Australia?

. Saturday, April 5, 2014
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Now that knighthoods have been restored to the Order of Australia, the question that is next asked is - who (and what) next?

The Prime Minister has said that there will be no more than four Knights and Dames of the Order of Australia each year.  Presumably that excludes the ex-officio appointment of the Governor-General as the Principal Knight or Dame of the Order.

If so, we might see two recipients in the next Queen's Birthday list, due in early June - just two months away.  What do we know about Tony Abbott's history and passions, and what might they tell us?  After all, the nominations of AKs and ADs to the Queen are solely in the hands of the PM, although the Chairman of the Order of Australia Council will be consulted.

First, Tony Abbott was the founding executive director of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy, the organisation that provided much (though not all) of the structure for the successful No campaign during the republican referendum of 1999.

Second, Abbott is passionate about indigenous issues.  He volunteers in remote indigenous communities every year, and strongly supports recognition of first peoples in the Australian Constitution.

Third, Abbott's education at Australia's most prestigious Jesuit-run school and training as a Catholic seminarian inform his hybrid of social activism and muscular Catholic traditionalism. His detractors have previously nicknamed him as "Captain Catholic".

While little or none of this is immediately relevant to "The Monarchist", in my opinion these areas give us some insights into who Abbott might recommend for receiving titles in the future.


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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Upcoming Apology to Loyalists

. Tuesday, April 1, 2014
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All is quiet at The Monarchist. Or at least it was until Crux Australis broke the silence last week.

That does not of course mean that all is quiet on the monarchist front.

Military Loyalists of the American Revolution
Military Loyalists of the American Revolution

All readers here should be familiar with the Snowden affair, and that there are loads of secrets within the federal government of those United States. From time to time they leak out, not least from the NSA.

As all citizens of the United States – and other countries for that matter – are under surveillance, so is the first citizen of that country, namely President Barack Obama. His bedroom is under constant surveillance by the National Security Agency.

The Monarchist has managed to get hold of one of the best kept secrets in 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. No one else seems to want this secret to come out, for it runs counter to republican ideals America stands for.

But we at The Monarchist can reveal it. The President of those United States recently sleep-talked about apologizing to the Loyalists of the war of 1775-1783. Our source will not be revealed. It is likely that an apology will come from the White House shortly. Stay tuned for more...

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Friday, March 28, 2014

The return of the George Cross, DSO and others to Australia?

. Friday, March 28, 2014
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The George Cross (G.C.)

I've already broken the news about how knights and dames are once again part of the Order of Australia, and this is big, exciting stuff for those traditionally-minded.  The Prime Minister's been under attack for the decision though, and I expect the weekend papers full of backgrounding against this by anonymous Liberal republican colleagues who were unhappy about the threshold question, and about not being consulted.

But one other story relating to honours has broken this week - and it's received surprisingly little attention.

Prime Minister Abbott is now open to the idea of the George Cross, and senior traditional military awards, such as the DSO, DSC, MC, DFC and AFC making a return to the Australian honours system.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Knights and Dames are back in Australia

. Tuesday, March 25, 2014
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The Prime Minister and Governor-General of Australia

Today, the big news for monarchists in Australia and right across the Commonwealth is that the Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon. Tony Abbott M.P., has announced that clauses to enable the creation of new Knights and Dames have been restored to the statutes of the Order of Australia today.  As of today, the first titular honour bestowed on an Australian by the Queen on the advice of an Australian government in almost a quarter of a century is now the outgoing Governor-General, Her Excellency, the Hon. Dame Quentin Bryce, A.D., C.V.O.  Dame Quentin departs Canberra tomorrow.

You can read the Prime Minister's press release here.  Fact sheet on the restoration from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet can be accessed at the Australian honours system website here.  The transcript of the Prime Minister's press conference where he made the announcement can be found here.   You can taste the bitterness of the press gallery, just by reading it.

The breast badge of Knights and Dames of the Order of Australia

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Friday, December 27, 2013

Her Britannic Majesty's Message

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas at the Front

. Tuesday, December 24, 2013
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Merry Christmas to all!

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Sunday, December 22, 2013

John Edmond: Christmas in Rhodesia

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Independence of Kenya at 50

. Thursday, December 12, 2013
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Today 50 years ago Kenya received her independence. Kenya became a Commonwealth Realm, Her Britannic Majesty receiving the title of Queen of Kenya, a title which she unfortunately only retained for an entire year of 366 days.

Roger Whittaker sings My Land Is Kenya:



Post-colonial Africa has had its share of troubles. Its troubles with the democratic age have been more obvious than those of Europe and North America. Africa did not have as much time to evolve its democratic institutions and traditions, and Africa did not have those institutions and traditions of the West that – at least to begin with – had little or nothing to do with democracy. That being said, Kenya has gotten easier off – at least at some points – than some other countries. Rhodesia/Zimbabwe comes to mind. Kenya's southern neighbor, Tanzania, was for many years a full-fledged Marxist experiment.

The colonial flag of Kenya


Some previous posts: Kenyan Independence, The Muthaiga Country Club, Ascended into a Tree and onto the Throne

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Saturday, November 9, 2013

For New Australian Citizens

. Saturday, November 9, 2013
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Below is what was once given out to new Australian Citizens (probably used until the early 1970's), followed by an updated version that I have put together from it.  Please let me know your thoughts on it:

“The loyalty we pledge to the Crown is the loyalty which, as Australians, we all share. Each one of us may choose his own friends, his own political party or his own church, and can be loyal to each of those groups. But, though as Australians we may have many different hopes and interests and look for leadership and guidance in many places, yet we all have the one Queen and the loyalty which we pledge to the Queen is a higher loyalty than our sectional hopes and ambitions. It is a loyalty to the purposes and ideals of the whole Australian nation. In this bond of loyalty there are no sections and no preferences but only one body of Her Majesty's loyal subjects, all of them Australian citizens within the British Commonwealth of Nations.

You will notice that when you took the oath of allegiance you pledged yourself to the Queen. If you enter the armed services the oath you take is to the Queen. If you gain office in a Parliament or in a Government the oath is to the Queen. All Acts of our Parliaments and Governments, whether Commonwealth or State, are done in the Queen's name. The Navy, Army and Air Force and many other bodies which serve the nation are formed in the name of Her Majesty the Queen.

These facts symbolise a great truth in Australian nationhood. As a nation, on great national matters, we are united. On such matters, our membership of different political parties, or of different churches, or of different social groups, is of less account than our common loyalty as Australians. If a soldier is called to arms he does not go to serve only his own political party, or his own church or the interests of the little group of people who follow the same occupation as himself. He goes to serve the whole nation.

When a Government takes office it does not do so to govern for its own supporters but to take charge of national affairs on behalf of the whole nation. An Opposition in Parliament, which is in fact, as well as name, Her Majesty's Opposition, is not simply the voice of a section but performs a national duty.

When you took your oath to the Queen, the meaning of what you said was that, over and above those loyalties which quite properly you have to your family, your mates and the various bodies to which you may belong, you pledged yourself to a wider loyalty covering the whole Australian people. That oath brought you into a new brotherhood. For you are now linked by a common loyalty with every other subject of the Throne and every other Australian citizen. We are one nation, with one Queen, one flag, one destiny and one great task of building for a better future.

When you became a subject of Queen Elizabeth the Second, you did not only give; you also received. You gave your loyalty; you received the protection of the Crown. Just as the loyalty of all the Queen's subjects is lifted above any question of politics or creed, so also the protection which you have as a British subject is beyond the grasp of any party or faction.

Your privileges as an Australian citizen and a British subject are not the gift of any political party or any organisation of your friends; and no political party or any organisation of your enemies dares hold them back from you. Your rights belong to you as a loyal subject. These rights belong to all subjects, whether they be rich or poor, young or old, strong or weak, man or woman.”
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NEW VERSION:

“The loyalty we pledge to the Crown is the loyalty which, as Australians, we all share. Each one of us may choose our own friends, our own political party or our own religion, and can be loyal to each of those groups. But, though as Australians we may have many different hopes and interests and look for leadership and guidance in many places, yet we all have the one Queen and the loyalty which we pledge to the Queen is a higher loyalty than our sectional hopes and ambitions. It is a loyalty to the purposes and ideals of the whole Australian nation. In this bond of loyalty there are no sections and no preferences but only one body of Her Majesty's loyal subjects, all of them Australian citizens within the Commonwealth of Nations.

You will notice that when you took the oath of allegiance you pledged yourself to the Queen. If you enter the armed services the oath you take is to the Queen. If you gain office in a Parliament or in a Government the oath is to the Queen. All Acts of our Parliaments and Governments, whether Commonwealth or State, are done in the Queen's name. The Navy, Army and Air Force and many other bodies which serve the nation are formed in the name of Her Majesty the Queen.

These facts symbolise a great truth in Australian nationhood. As a nation, on great national matters, we are united. On such matters, our membership of different political parties, or of different religions, or of different social groups, is of less account than our common loyalty as Australians. If a soldier is called to arms he does not go to serve only his own political party, or his own religion or the interests of the little group of people who follow the same occupation as himself. He goes to serve the whole nation.

When a Government takes office it does not do so to govern for its own supporters but to take charge of national affairs on behalf of the whole nation. An Opposition in Parliament, which is in fact, as well as name, Her Majesty's Opposition, is not simply the voice of a section but performs a national duty.

When you took your oath to the Queen, the meaning of what you said was that, over and above those loyalties which quite properly you have to your family, your mates and the various bodies to which you may belong, you pledged yourself to a wider loyalty covering the whole Australian people. That oath brought you into a new brotherhood. For you are now linked by a common loyalty with every other subject of the Throne and every other Australian citizen. We are one nation, with one Queen, one flag, one destiny and one great task of building for a better future.

When you became a subject of Queen Elizabeth the Second, you did not only give; you also received. You gave your loyalty; you received the protection of the Crown. Just as the loyalty of all the Queen's subjects is lifted above any question of politics or creed, so also the protection which you have as an Australian subject is beyond the grasp of any party or faction.

Your privileges as an Australian citizen and subject of the Crown are not the gift of any political party or any organisation of your friends; and no political party or any organisation of your enemies dares hold them back from you. Your rights belong to you as a loyal subject. These rights belong to all subjects, whether they be rich or poor, young or old, strong or weak, man or woman.”


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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Lecky and Jouvenel

. Thursday, October 31, 2013
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The Monarchist reported previously this month on an article by Roger Scruton earlier this year, with a few quotes, which could be said to be democratism – or democracy as more or less blind faith or ideology – and its opposition in a nutshell.

This October marks the 110th anniversary for two important critics of democracy. October 22, 1903 was the date of the passing of W.E.H. Lecky, the author of Democracy and Liberty. On the the last day of that same October 110 years ago, the French nobleman and thinker Bertrand de Jouvenel, a member of the Mont Pelerin Society, was born.

William Edward Hartpole LeckyWilliam Edward Hartpole Lecky

W.E.H. Lecky wrote of the worship of democracy:

However unscrupulous, however dishonest, may be the acts of a party or of a statesman, they are considered to be justified beyond reproach if they have been condoned or sanctioned at a general election. It has sometimes happened that a politician has been found guilty of a grave personal offence by an intelligent and impartial jury, after a minute investigation of evidence, conducted with the assistance of highly trained advocates, and under the direction of an experienced judge. He afterwards finds a constituency which will send him to Parliament, and the newspapers of his party declare that his character is now clear. He has been absolved by ‘the great voice of the people.’ Truly indeed did Carlyle say that the superstitions to be feared in the present day are much less religious than political; and all the forms of idolatry I know none more irrational and ignoble than this blind worship of mere numbers.

Of the connection between liberty and democracy, Lecky wrote:

As we have, I think, abundantly seen, a tendency to democracy does not mean a tendency to parliamentary government, or even a tendency towards greater liberty. On the contrary, strong arguments may be adduced, both from history and from the nature of things, to show that democracy may often prove the direct opposite of liberty.

He wrote this, not in this century, nor the past century, but in the century in which for the most part Queen Victoria sat on the Britannic throne.

Bertrand de JouvenelBertrand de Jouvenel

Bertrand de Jouvenel, the author of On Power and Sovereignty, wrote, on a similar note:

The mistake is one which was exposed in advance by Montesquieu: “As it is a feature of democracies that to all appearance the people does almost exactly as it wishes, men have supposed that democratic governments were the abiding-place of liberty: they confused the power of the people with the liberty of the people.” This confusion of thought is at the root of modern despotism.

The French nobleman goes many centuries back into history:

So said John of Salisbury in the twelfth century: “The difference between a prince and a tyrant is that the prince obeys the laws and governs his people in accordance with right.” This formula receives its full force only if it is remembered that what is here referred to is a law and a right which issue from a source higher than Power.

Also said de Jouvenel:

The adjective “absolute,” generally used today as a vague term of abuse, has in reality a well-defined meaning: it translates the phrase “legibus solutus” – freed from the laws. Now who is the more uninhibited by the rules? The man who is morally bound to observe the rules, though not subject to sanctions, or the man who is in a position to change them at any moment? Clearly the latter. For that reason the movement in time toward a sovereignty with unrestricted legislative power has been a movement toward absolutism, and the period which we call the absolutist period was in fact only that of the gestation of absolutism.

Furthermore:

[P]articipation in government (absurdly called “political liberty” when it is in reality one of the means given to the individual of safeguarding his liberty against the unending onslaught of the sovereignty) has come to seem to him more precious than liberty itself? That this participation of his in Power has sufficed to induce him to raise up and encourage state encroachments, which have, thanks to the approval of the mob, been carried to much further lengths than absolute monarchy could ever have carried them?

Another of Bertrand de Jouvenel's wisdoms:

Why does the modern state meet no organized resistance?

The ancien régime met with such resistance, which was offered it by the representatives of the various elements in the nation who fought in line against Power. But in the modern regime these elements have become Power, and the people are left in consequence without a champion. Those who are the state reserve to themselves alone the right to talk in the name of the nation; an interest of the nation as distinct from the interest of the state has no existence for them.

Yet another:

The general view in our own times is that societies have always acknowledged an authority which, as Jurieu puts it, has no need to be right for its acts to be valid – an authority which creates and destroys rights to any extent and has nothing but its own will to regulate it: sit pro ratione voluntas. Current belief is that this authority was formerly in bad hands and today rests in good hands, and to have put it in good hands is the only safeguard as to its use which can be given to the citizens. But it is a mistake to suppose that over time Sovereignty has merely changed masters. More than anything else, history records the actual erection of this boundless and unregulated Sovereignty of today, of which our ancestors had no conception.

And further:

The only effect of the proclamation of the sovereignty of the people was to substitute for a king of flesh and blood that hypostasized queen, the general will, whose nature is always to be adolescent and incapable of personal rule; the occasional inconveniences which arise in a monarchy during the minority or mental incapacity of the sovereign being now permanently present, the aforesaid queen boldly entrusted her person to a succession of favourites, who abused their position the more freely the less she became an object of controversy. The only possible safeguard was in the sense and morals of that regency council, the sovereign assembly.

The frenchman nobleman said elsewhere:

What in fact happened was that the laws came to be looked on as mere regulations which were always open to criticism and revision.

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The life of democracies has been marked by a growth in the precariousness of laws. Kings, chambers of peers, senates, anything that might have checked the immediate translation into law of whatever opinion was in vogue, have everywhere been swept away or rendered powerless. The law is no longer like some higher necessity presiding over the life of the country: it has become the expression of the passions of the moment.

And also:

The legislative authority, now regarded as the expression of the will of all, or, more accurately, of the whole, exercises a total sovereignty. Who dares hinder it?

Moreover, the French nobleman wisely said:

It is possible, with the help of prudently balanced institutions, to provide everyone with effective safeguards against Power. But there are no institutions on earth which enable each separate person to have a hand in the exercise of Power, for Power is command, and everyone cannot command. Sovereignty of the people is, therefore, nothing but a fiction, and one which must in the long run prove destructive of individual liberties.

And our final quote:

[Authoritarianism] could, no doubt, have been avoided if there had been a stable, vigorous, and unified executive to which the legislature acted merely as limitary principle. But in fact, as we have seen, the contrary happened: the legislature made itself the ruling sovereign.

More wisdom and reflection like this can be found in the works of these two fine late gentlemen.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Scruton on Democracy

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Over at BBC News Magazine, writes Dr. Roger Scruton:

In my view, the idea that there is a single, one-size-fits-all solution to social and political conflict around the world, and that democracy is the name of it, is based on a disregard of historical and cultural conditions, and a failure to see that democracy is only made possible by other and more deeply hidden institutions. And while we are willing to accept that democracy goes hand in hand with individual freedom and the protection of human rights, we often fail to realise that these three things are three things, not one, and that it is only under certain conditions that they coincide.

Democracy was introduced into Russia without any adequate protection for human rights. And many human rights were protected in 19th Century Britain long before the emergence of anything that we would call democracy. In the Middle East today, we find parties standing for election, like the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, which regards an electoral victory as the opportunity to crush dissent and impose a way of life that for many citizens is simply unacceptable. In such circumstances democracy is a threat to human rights and not a way of protecting them.
Furthermore:
The totalitarian system, I learned, endures not simply by getting rid of democratic elections and imposing a one-party state. It endures by abolishing the distinction between civil society and the state, and by allowing nothing significant to occur which is not controlled by the Party. By studying the situation in Eastern Europe, I came quickly to see that political freedom depends upon a delicate network of institutions, which my friends were striving to understand and if possible to resuscitate.

Cross-posted at Wilson Revolution Unplugged.

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Monday, October 7, 2013

What now, Prime Minister?

. Monday, October 7, 2013
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During the last visit by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh to Australia in 2011, I mused on what might happen if Tony Abbott was to become our prime minister.  Specifically, I raised the possibility that as prime minister he may look to restoring titular honours to the Order of Australia.

In 1975, then prime minister Gough Whitlam advised the Queen to create the Order of Australia, precisely on the model of the Order of Canada - three classes, no titular honours, two with insignia worn around the neck.  Next year, the Order was expanded to include the rank of Knight/Dame and  the addition of a Medal of the Order.  By default, Australia effectively then had an indigenous five class order, with titular honours reserved for the first (Knight/Dame) rank.  The last Knight of the Order was created in 1983, none have been made since, and the means to create more were removed from the Order's statutes in 1986.  Since 1990,  when the awarding of imperial honours ended in Australia, no resident Australian has received a titular honour on an Australian honours list.

John Howard, prime minister from 1996 to 2007, acknowledged in his memoirs that there were strong arguments for restoring knighthoods in Australia, but did not as he felt he had "bigger fish to fry" in this space.  Victory for the "no" case in the 1999 republican referendum (and binding the wounds on this issue in his party thereafter) is a good example.  So although there was no action by conservatives for many years, they had never dismissed the idea - it just wasn't important enough.

Until now.

Tony Abbott is likely to be the most traditionally-minded prime minister of Australia in this space for a very long time.  Already, the epicentre of republicanism in Australia's public life, the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, is sprouting new portraits of the Queen at its Canberra HQ.  Abbott has reinserted allegiance to the Queen into the oath of office for ministers.  Within a month of taking office, he has already hosted his first official royal visit - by Prince Harry.  And at a state level, Queensland has also offered the QC honorific to existing Senior Counsel - with almost all but three or four taking up the offer.  There are plans to replicate this federally too.

In this vein, then, it is hardly surprising that the PM is thought to be thinking about emulating his NZ counterpart John Key, and returning to titular honours.  Spasmodic chat surrounding the Abbott camp about knighthoods was suddenly given public credibility when former foreign minister Alexander Downer recently wrote that he thinks the return of the accolade is a real possibility.  My understanding is that people surrounding the Prime Minister have been trying to work out how this proposal should work, without referring it immediately to "PM&C" for advice for fear that they will undermine the idea, and worse still, leak it to journalists with a view to discrediting it.  Media attention before Abbott was ready to move might give republican ministers within the Government time to try and stop such a move.

So what exactly should the changes be and how should they work?

I largely agree with Rafe Heydel-Mankoo that the New Zealand model should be closely copied, but I would add a political reason for this that Rafe alludes to but does not address directly.  The genius of the NZ system is the Order of New Zealand.  Its exclusivity guarantees its position as top of the pile, and its non-titular nature without any overt symbolism of the Crown on its insignia acts as a sop to republican elites not content with conceding defeat in the republican debate and accepting a title.  Former PMs Helen Clark, Mike Moore and Jim Bolger are examples of this in action.  It also reflects an older tradition of prime ministers in Australia and New Zealand both being made Companions of Honour (the model for the ONZ) while in office.

If the Order of Australia is to return to being a titular order, its best chance of surviving the inevitable return of a republican, Labor prime minister is to do the following.  First, Abbott should create an exclusive, single-class Order like the ONZ or the Companion of Honour.  Limit it to thirty people, and if necessary, overload it at the start with former Labor politicians to give it credibility with them.  This should reduce some of the pressure on reverting to a non-titular Order of Australia because the most senior award will already bring with it no title.

Second, I would change the statutes of the Order of Australia to make it possible for a conservative state government to continue awarding knighthoods while there was a Labor federal government.  If the Order of Australia is intended to be a federal Order, with states able to make nominations directly to the Order's council, then this should be reflected in who can be admitted to what level in the Order.  Canberra should not "own" the Order of Australia - or else a subversive state government could theoretically go down the path of state government honours, similar to Canada, if its wishes were blocked.   I consider this to be an unattractive option, and I suspect I am not alone in thinking that.

All of this is essentially speculation - but as the saying goes, where there is smoke, there is fire.  People I know close to Abbott have been puffing like chimneys about this on and off for a few years now.  One or two of the people most enthusiastic about the idea are the ones you would least expect, I'm told.  It's amazing what one's own looming retirement from public life can do to one's outlook on these sorts of issues.  It also confirms my view that making knighthoods instantly available to republican elites would, all things being equal, do much to secure the monarchy's future indefinitely.  Ultimately, that is the reason I would like to see this happen.

So - as they say, watch this space.  Let's see what has been announced by Australia Day, or the Cambridges' visit by the latest, shall we?

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Toulon 1793

. Wednesday, September 18, 2013
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Admiral Samuel Hood
Admiral Samuel Hood

Admiral Samuel Hood, later the first Viscount Hood, who had also served in the American War of Independence for His Britannic Majesty, commanded the forces of the Royal Navy in the Siege of Toulon, teaming up with French royalists against the revolutionary republic.

The Royal Navy bombards Toulon
The Royal Navy bombards Toulon

The Kingdom of France had contributed largely to the fall of monarchic rule in what was now those United States of America, but apparently His Britannic Majesty was the bigger man. The Royal Navy was employed against the revolutionary republic, and the Siege of Toulon – from September 18, 1793 to December 18, 1793 – was one such employment.

Those were indeed other days than when the British Empire under the leadership of the likes of Herbert Henry Asquith and David Lloyd George teamed up with the revolutionary republic – and also later the former rebels across the pond – in the quest to “make the world safe for democracy.”


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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The Lord Halsbury

. Tuesday, September 3, 2013
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Hardinge Stanley Giffard, 1st Earl of Halsbury PC, QC (1823-1921)
Hardinge Stanley Giffard, 1st Earl of Halsbury PC, QC (1823-1921)

Today is the 190th birthday of Hardinge Stanley Giffard, the 1st Earl of Halsbury.

A biography has been written by a John Hostettler:
Those who have used the serried ranks of volumes of Halsbury in the course of their professional work may, perhaps, have regarded Halsbury the man as almost a mythical figure – a man so much overshadowed by the work which bears his name that he himself has been hidden from public view. John Hostettler in this volume brings him triumphantly to life. Although the many years of his life belonged to the 19th century and to the Victorian era, the later part of his life proved to be the most productive. And what a period tha was : the tumultuous history of the early days of this century, with the social revolution following the end of the Victorian reign, the Lloyd George "Peoples's Budget", the Easter Rising in Ireland, the Taff Vale case, and with the [approach] of the Great War as a dark and terrifying backdrop. John Hostettler has written a biography which is a fully rounded portrait of Halsbury – Halsbury the Barrister; Halsbury the politician, Halsbury the Lord [Chancellor], Halsbury the Judge, and Halsbury as the progenitor of that remarkable [exposition] on the Common Law which bears his name so proudly as a great jurist.

During the crisis over the bill that became the Parliament Act of 1911, Lord Halsbury was one of the principal leaders – if not the principal leader – of the rebel faction of Tory peers that resolved on all out opposition to the government's bill.

Lord Halsbury is known to have said at a meeting of Conservative peers on the 21 July 1911: "I will divide even if I am alone."

On August 8th of that year, the House of Lords resolved:
That in the opinion of this House, the advice given to His Majesty by His Majesty’s Ministers, whereby they obtained from His Majesty a pledge that a sufficient number of Peers would be created to pass The Parliament Bill in the shape in which it left the House of Commons, is a gross violation of constitutional liberty, whereby, among many other evil consequences, the people will be precluded from again pronouncing upon the policy of Home Rule.
Two days later Their Lordships yielded with a dissentient, the dissentient having the following justification:
  1. Because it destroys the balance of the Constitution itself.
  2. Because it deals with the problem of Constitutional responsibility, but as a party measure.
  3. Because it is destructive and not constructive.
  4. Because it abrogates the authority of the House of Lords without substituting anything for it.
  5. Because it releases the House of Commons from all substantial control.
  6. Because it thus establishes in these realms, contrary to all the traditions of this country and the experience of all great Constitutional Powers, a Single-Chamber Government.
  7. Because it preserves this House in a nominal existence so as to obscure from the people of this country the absolute and unrestrained power of the House of Commons.
  8. Because it is avowedly brought forward as a means of carrying a further Constitutional measure of the first importance without referring that measure to the people of the United Kingdom, who have twice expressed their repugnance to it.
  9. Because the method of carrying it is almost as great a strain on the Constitution as the measure itself.
  10. Because the whole transaction tends to bring discredit on our country and its institutions.
We salute Lord Halsbury on this his birthday – September 3.


BTW, Lord Halsbury was born on the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Paris, which formally ended the American War of Independence.

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

George Wyndham at 150

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George Wyndham was born a century and a half ago today – on August 29, 1863. He later served as a Member of Parliament from Dover from July 12, 1889 until his sudden, untimely death from a heart attack in his 50th year on June 8, 1913. This year, hence, we also mark the centennial of his passing.

The Right Honourable George Wyndham PC
The Right Honourable George Wyndham PC

The Right Honourable George Wyndham PC was the leader in the House of Commons of the die-hard opponents of the Parliament Bill that became Parliament Act 1911.

On February 22, 1911 he spoke before the House of Commons:
When the Prime Minister [Asquith] comes to the most formidable obstacle in his course he always develops a most impressive manner and endeavours to dismiss from the minds of those who differ from him all fears which they may entertain. When he came to this point in his speech yesterday he was kind enough to say that he did not challenge the sincerity of those who believe—as we do sincerely believe—that this measure will erect a despotic Single Chamber rule, and becoming more and more impressive in his manner he wound up that portion of his speech by saying that this was the most unsubstantial nightmare that had ever affected the imagination. As his manner became more and more impressive so did the matter which he was unfolding become less and less convincing.
Indeed! The ever more absolute representative democracy has not delivered on its promise of more liberty...

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HRH Prince George of Cambridge

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2010 ARTICLES

Tony Abbott: Australia's 'mad monk' close to election victory
Dear Guardian: Get out of Oz or shuffle off the coil
Kid Genius: "All monarchists are either stupid or evil"
Republican Vultures: Australia should go republic after Queen dies?
Princess Royal: Hardest working Royal, Princess Anne, Turns 60
Much-Abused Imperial Poet: Rudyard Kipling unburdened
Admiral Cod: Wilfred Thesiger, Archeo-Traditionalist
Diamond Jubilee: Bring Back the Royal Yacht Britannia
On Flickr: The British Monarchy's Photostream
Buck House: No Garden Party tea for BNP leader, Nick Griffin
In Quebec: The Queen is still Wolfe in sheep’s clothing
Queen's PM: Australia will not vote on ties to British monarchy
Camelot: Historians locate King Arthur's Round Table?
Royal Neglect: Is Britain becoming a republic by default?
Monarchy or Anarchy? No third option explains David Warren
Charles vs Modernists: God Bless the Prince of Wales!
After Her Majesty: Who will wear the crown in Canada?
Bargain for Britain: And for the Commonwealth Realms
Queen's Prime Minister: Harper advised by "ardent monarchists"
Muddled Monarchist: A troubled and confused loyalist
Loyal Subject: God Bless Her Majesty!
Queen's Prime Minister: Harper really loves the Queen
Crown & Pants: She wears the crown and he wears the pants
The Maple Kingdom: The ‘iron cage’ of the colonial past dissipates…
The Crown Knows Best: It all Begins and Ends with Monarchy
White Rose Day: Burke's Corner on "Sorrowing Loyalty"
Happy B'day Grand Old Duke: It's a pity they don't make his kind anymore
Saved by the Crown: What monarchs offer modern democracy
Queen's Speech: Black Marks, Brownie Points at the State Opening
The Navy's 100th! Restore the honour 'Royal' Canadian Navy
Happy Birthday! Her Majesty The Queen turns 84.
Abolish the Commons: Suicidal tendencies of the modern political class
Labour Vandalism: Plans to abolish the House of Lords
Lord Black: "The ultimate degradation of the 'white man's burden'"
Old Etonian: Guppy the Ex-Bullingdonian speaks of his loyalty
Duchess of Devonshire: bemoans the demise of the Stiff Upper Lip
Queen Victoria: A film remarkable for its lack of anti-British prejudice
Climate Imperialism: Rich nations guilty of 'climate colonialism'
Bye Bye Britain: The UK officially not a sovereign state
Monarchy Haters: A Strange Form of Bitterness
Royal Intrigue: The secret plot to deny the Queen the throne
Never mind the Queen? Summing up Daniel Hannan in four words
Queen & Country: David Warren on a Big Lie finally corrected
Defending the Royals: Repatriate the Monarchy argues Andrew Coyne

2009 ARTICLES



Classic Warner: The other November the 11th
Brave Loyalist! Lone woman takes on anti-Royal mob in Montréal
Loyal Subject: Evaluating the monarchy against their own little worlds
Death so Noble: An 'almost divine act of self-sacrifice'
Crux Australis: Howard revisits his victory over the republic
Lord Ballantrae: The Would-Be King of New Zealand
Lord Iggy: Anti-Monarchist Leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition
Old Etonian: A modern-day Lawrence of Arabia?
Sir Keith Park: The Commonwealth's Finest Hour
Buckingham Masjid: Buckingham Palace under the Shariah
The Maple Crown: Our ties to monarchy are bigger than the royals
His Tonyness: Holy Roman Emperor, Leader of Progressive Humanity
Young Fogey: Rafal Heydel-Mankoo on Chretien's Order of Merit
He's not a snob, Bob: Why does Canada cling to British colonial roots?
Fount of Justice: Crown sidelined from new Supreme Court
The Clown Prince: The world’s third longest-serving head of state
Hell, Britannia, you’re just nasty: Licence to make crass sexual jokes on the BBC about the Queen is depravity, not liberty
Loyal Subject: The Governor General can't take the Queen out of Canada
Save Our Dukes: Return peerage appointments to the Queen
Lord Black of Crossharbour: Why I became a Catholic
Not Amused: Her Majesty "appalled" at the direction of her Church
A Sad Day in Pretoria: When South Africa Lost its Star
The Queen Mother: Noblesse Oblige vs the Me Generation
Aristocrats: A review of Lawrence James's new book in the FT
Crown and Shamrock: Irish went underground to view coronation
Bye bye Camelot: Obituaries on Ted Kennedy here, here and here.
Scotch Whisky Do not boycott for ye Scots had precious little to do with it
Loyal Subject: God (and Young Liberals) saving the Queen
Aussie Monarchist: A good bloke calls it a day
Blog of the Order: This man can redesign our blog any time he wants
Lord Black: Much ado about the Republic of China
Stalwart Jacobite: But has no problem with Elizabeth II of Canada
Royal Commonwealth Society: Join the Conversation
H.M.A.S. Sydney: Inquiry blames captain for worst naval disaster
Imperial Constitution: Was the American Revolution avoidable?
Hero Harry Patch: Saying Goodbye to All That
King and Country: The 250th Anniversary of the Battle of Minden
King's College: Crosses Return to the Columbia Crown
Lord Salisbury: An interview with the 7th Marquess of Salisbury
Queen's Commonwealth: Quaint historical relic or meaningful bloc?
Queen's Prime Minister: Chrétien's perplexing gong
Why Ma'am Must Stay: The New Statesman is foaming at the mouth
Happy We-Should-Restore-The-Monarchy-And-Rejoin-Britain Day!
CinC: The Queen's Broadcast to Her Armed Forces around the World
Elizabeth Cross follows a tradition that started with Crimean War
Dominion Day: Canada was an act of divine loyalty
LOYAL SUBJECT: A GOOD DAY IN CAPE TOWN
The "Whaddever Monarchy": A Prince and his indulgent public
English Constitution: A written constitution is not the answer
Rest in Peace: Roméo LeBlanc, former governor general, dies at 81
Prince of Wales: Who, apart from the Prince, speaks up for beauty?
Queen's Prime Minister: New Zealand restores Queen's Counsel
Why I accepted my OBE:Radical feminist Marxist accepts "cruel imperial order"
On Lord Loser: Modernist architects carry on where the Luftwaffe left off
The Puissant Prince: Thanks to Prince Charles for meddling
"It's our republic"? It's our monarchy, not a dance with republican elites
Grand Old Duke: Happy 88th Birthday to Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh
Warner: It is time for the Queen to dissolve Parliament.
Royal Fix: Prince Charles resolves diplomatic impasse.
Not Amused: France admits snubbing the Queen.
Useless Monarchy? Prince Charles is taking on the starchitects...and winning.
Vice-Regal Salute: Governor General of Canada least boring vice-regal ever
Loyal Subject: For genuine patriots pride in the monarchy is fundamental
Cranmer: The Mother of Parliaments has become a whorehouse of ill-repute
Poet Laureate: Will ignore royal events if they don't inspire her
Grand Old Duke: The longest-serving royal consort in British history.
Keep our Feudal Failsafes: Monarchy is not a game of 'fair'
Farewell to Helen Clark: "I deeply detest social distinction and snobbery"
Eco-Monarchy: A not completely irreverant look at the future King
Voyage Through the Commonwealth: World cruise around the faded bits of pink.
The Equality Bill: A real nasty piece of work by the Lord Privy Seal
Laughter from the Gallery: Canada's a Republic, claim Australian politicians.
Peter Hitchens on America: Canada and America, two ideas of how to be free.
Let's Not: If the disappearance of newspapers is inevitable, let's get on with it.
Strange Bedfellows: No friend of monarchy, but...we admired the good bits
King Harper: A Parliament of Potted Palms.
Keep our Feudal Failsafes: Monarchy is not a game of 'fair'
Gentleman Royalist: Theodore Harvey is baptised an Anglican
Farewell to Helen Clark: "I deeply detest social distinction and snobbery"
Republican humour: Keeping monarchy means we don't have confidence
Eco-Monarchy: A not completely irreverant look at the future King
Catholic Tory: Amend the Act of Settlement - but not yet
Why you should still read The Guardian: Let's hear it for mad monarchy
Reform the Monarchy? Let's wait another century, says Lord Rees-Mogg
Not Amused: Mr. Rudd, and his totalitarian certainty
Irish Blues: Ireland out in the cold over British Monarchy debate
Act of Settlement: Here's a Tory view, and here's a Whig view
Lord Black: The magnificent absurdity of George Galloway
Vice-Regal Saint: Remembering Paul Comtois (1895–1966), Lt.-Gov Québec
Britannic Inheritance: Britain's legacy. What legacy will America leave?
Oxford Concision: Daniel Hannan makes mince meat of Gordon Brown
Commonwealth Voyage: World cruise around the faded bits of pink.
"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
Royal Racism? Our intellectually febrile self appointed arbiters of modern manners
The Story of Bill Stone, RN: "Contented mind. Clean living. Trust in God"
Bill Stone: Last British veteran of both world wars dies
Reverse Snobbery: "Prince William and Harry are not very bright"
Poet Laureate: The English-Speaking Peoples need a poet laureate
Prince Harry: Much Ado about Nothing
H.M.A.S. Sydney: Australia seeks answers to its worst naval disaster
BIG BEN: Celebrating 150 Years of the Clock Tower
Winnie-the-Pooh: Canada's famous bear, Winnie (Winnipeg), to be published in a sequel
Not Amused: Traditional fairytales are not politically correct enough for our children
The British Empire: "If you were going to be colonized, you wanted to be colonized by the British"
Gross Constitutional Impropriety: Without mandate for change, plebiscites work to undermine the system


2008 ARTICLES


Count Iggy: Michael Ignatieff takes the reigns of the LPC
Lord Black of Crossharbour: Harper and Ignatieff promise a rivalry for the ages
Strange Bedfellows: The monarchy is safe from this republican
Fount of Dishonour: The growing distinction of remaining an unadorned Mister
Republican Poet: Colby Cosh on that mute inglorious Milton
Church of England: The Conservative case for the Established Church of England
Liberal Secular Scrooges: A Blight on the Festive Landscape
Fount of Honour: The Queen's New Year Honours List
Act of Settlement: the last brick in a crumbling wall, by Philip Lardner
What next, Mr. Hannan, the conservative case for disestablishing the monarchy?
Hair to the Throne: Prince William's beard is fit for a King.
Canada's House of Lords: Why reforming the Senate is profoundly unwelcome.
Someone who gets it: The proper relationship between liberty and democracy.
More Pseudo Democracy: Keep on voting until you get it right.
Royal Christmas: Queen's Christmas Message still trumps seasonal schedule.
Archbishop Williams: A 'certain integrity' to a disestablished Church of England.
Loyal Subject: Debunking the antimonarchist claims of The Economist.
Royal Prerogative: Grand Duke says no to legalised murder assisted suicide.
Lord Iggy: The Nobleman versus the Doberman
It's Over: the day, the decision, the crisis, the coalition, and Dion’s leadership
Loyal Subject: Speak out Charles, our teenage politicians never will
Prince Charles at 60: 60 Facts About HRH, Prince Charles of Wales
Remembrance Day Hymns: O Valiant Hearts; Abide With Me
For Liberty and Livelihood! Duke of Norfolk leads hunt protest ban
Keating Remembers: "I have never been to Gallipoli, and I never will"
John Cleese a Republican? An anti-monarchist rant worthy of Monty Python
Balfour Declaration: The precursor to the Statute of Westminster
Beaverbrook's Grandson: SAS Major Sebastian Morley resigns in disgust
"His Mightiness": Yanks and the royals; the Eagle and the Crown
England Expects: The Hero of Trafalgar at 250
Harper and Howard: An embarrassing example of Anglosphere Unity
Crowning Insult: Labour's legacy will be its destruction of the monarchy
Her Excellency: An Interview with Governor-General Quentin Bryce
Age of Oversensitivity: Churchill wouldn't stand a chance in Canadian election
William of Wales: Prince chooses RAF career over that of a 'working Royal'
Australia's Loyal Opposition: Republican Turnbull now on Queen's side
Loyal Subject: The Age of Elizabeth II, by A.N. Wilson
Tory Icon? Daniel Hannan says British Tories should follow Stephen Harper
Chasing Churchill: Around the world with Winston
Her Majesty The Queen - A Life in Film
The Crown in Oz: Australia swears in first female governor-general
Lèse majesté? The Royal Australian Institute of Architects drops the 'royal'
Rest In Peace: David Lumsden of Cushnie (1933-2008), President of the 1745 Assn.
Monarchies Rule: Prominent Australian republican says monarchies are the best
Sir Don Bradman: Oz remembers The Don, the greatest cricketer batsman of all time
Padre Benton: The Living Tradition in Piddingworth
"Stodgy anachronism" More moist, vapid effusions from the Diana cult
Drool Britannia: London Summer Olympics 2012
Taki the Aristocrat: Unrepentedly wealthy and well mannered
Wanted: Uncorker Message in a bottle faster than Royal Mail
The Other St. George: Will Georgia restore its monarchy?
Gentlemen's Clubs: The Great Club Revolution of New York
The Laughing Cavalier: What an utterly absurd article
Health unto His Future Majesty: "Royalty dares to challenge the New Order"
"Grace, Your Grouse!" Better to kill a fellow gun than wing a beater
Boys will be adventurous: To Ulaanbaatar by London cab
A King's Breakfast: A trenchant defence of the full English breakfast
Republican beer: Forget Coopers, support Fosters
Trafalgar Square: Sanity prevails on the fourth plinth
The Empire Builder: How James Hill built a railroad without subsidies
"Harvard was not amused": Alexander Solzhenitsyn, 1918–2008
Greatest Briton: Wellington is "greater than Churchill"
Death of the Necktie? A well-tied tie is the first serious step in life
Not Amused: The next Chief Justice of Australia to be a republican
Royal New Zealand Air Force: God Save N.Z. from the Cannibals
Why English Pubs are Dying: The totalitarian smoking ban.
Swooning over Princess Obama: A Coronation or the Second Coming?
Dreams of an Academic: Gough Whitlam to have the last laugh?
Joshua Slocum meet President Kruger: Yet another reason to love the Boers
Changing of the Guard: Annual Inspection at Rideau Hall
H.M.S. Iron Duke: A Foe for William and Sea Room
Fountain of Honour: Australian pop star gets Order of the British Empire
DOMINION DAY: Read David Warren's Lament for a Nation
Kiwi Tribalism: Sealords, Treelords, what are New Zealanders coming to?
Of Queen and Country: John Elder disects the current state of monarchy in Oz
Not Amused: The Olympic Games trump Buckingham Palace
CMR Returns: The Royal Military College of St. John
Hereditary peers overwhelmingly rejected the Lisbon Treaty
Archbishop Cranmer: Royal Assent given to the Treaty of Lisbon
Crown Commonwealth: Referendum confirms Her Majesty as Queen of Tuvalu
Duke of York: Prince Andrew Visits Troops in Afghanistan
Treaty of Lisbon: A Litmus Test for the British Monarchy
The Queen and I: The man who caused royal kerfuffle gives view of the monarchy
HMS Ontario sunk in 1780, found intact! at bottom of Lake Ontario
Hold the Lime, Bartender: Only lemon properly complements a gin and tonic
Elizabethans Down Under: Are most Australian monarchists merely "Elizabethans"?
Edwardian Gentleman: What To Do When You Find a Hohenzollern in Your Study
Hooray for Kid's Day!! Melbourne newspaper won't come of Age
Unhappy Kingdom: Why Liberal Democracy is Failing Us
Knightless Realm: The world yawns as John Howard is made an AC
Scots Tory: Bring Back the Stiff Upper Lip, says Gerald Warner
HMY Britannia: Let's lay the keel for a new royal yacht
For Queen, Country and Low Pay: PM pledges to do better
Maple Leaf republic? Roger Kimball's sleight of hand (since corrected!)
Queen's Birthday: New Zealand unveils new Vice-Regal Standard
Prince Charming: Quebec author calls Canadian G-G a "negro queen"
The Senior Service: Sub-Lieutenant Wales to take on Pirates of the Caribbean
Crown of Disenchantment: What does it require to withhold royal assent?
Colonial Mentality: Key republican thinks Victoria Cross is a colonial relic
The Red Baron: Billy Bishop, not Mannock, was the British Empire's top ace
Which Scots conservatism: Unionist or Nationalist?
Loyal Subject: After all she has done, we owe the Queen our oath
Victoria Day – Fête de la Reine: Official B'day of the Queen of Canada
Renaming the Victoria Day Weekend: Let's get rid of Heritage Day Bob
Pro Valore: Canada mints its own Victoria Cross in time for Victoria Day
State Visit to Turkey: Mustafa Akyol says God Save the Queen, Indeed
Norn Iron Unites: What issue is uniting all parties of Northern Ireland?
Extreme Loyalist: Michael Stone attempted to slit the throats of Adams and McGuinness because he just "can't handle" republicans being in government.
Canada's Vice-Regal dubbed an elegant mix between Lady Di and Nelson Mandela
Queen of Australia: Support for Australian republic hits new low
A Heroes Welcome: The Windsor Castle Royal Tattoo, 8-10 May 2008
Fat, Vile and Impudent: Alan Fotheringham is back on the bottle
The Devine Right of Bling: Our Royals have become hereditary celebrities
Battle of the Atlantic: Canadians remember the longest battle of WW2
Old Etonian Toff: Boris Johnson installed as Tory Mayor of London
Britain needs a Patron Saint: Cry God for Harry, Britain and St. Aiden?
Anglos in Mont-Royal: Rooting for the Montreal Canadiens
Daniel Hannan: Borders of the Anglosphere and the British Empire was a mistake
Australia 2020: One Big Fat Republican Con Job
Bye bye Tommy: O it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy go away"
For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
Carpetbaggers Down Under: Kevin 'Mugabe' Rudd wins 98.5% support for republic
Kipling: The Jeremiah of Empire and the Poet Laureate of Civilisation
Duke of Edinburgh: Behind the gaffes is a man of real sincerity
Lord Rutherford: The Father of the Atom lives on in great great grandson
Queen of Australia: Royalty Protects us from Tyranny, David Barnett
Long Live the Broadsheet! Norumbega, more traditionalist than the Pope.
A Tale of Two Countries: Soldiers of Britain and Canada serve the same Queen but...
Loyal Subject: Polishing the Royal Crown, Matt Bondy & Brendon Bedford
Devoted to the End: Obituary of Sir Phillip Bridges
The Monarchist does not recognize the Republic of Kosova
Loyal Subject: MPs Ruse Defeated; God Save the Queen!
St. Paddy's Day: Edmund Burke, the greatest Irishman who ever lived
Not Amused: The Bunkum of Timothy Garton Ash
Hero Harry: Rave Reviews across the Commonwealth
Patriot Prince: Prince Harry fought for us all, Charles Moore
William F. Buckley, RIP: He had a Tory gratitude for the pleasures of life
Their Lordships' Duty: The House of Lords can influence the Lisbon Treaty debate
Knights of Oz: Revive Sirs or I'll have your guts for garters
Peter Hitchens: People love the Queen...and the BBC hates us for it
Our Greatest Monarch: Paul Johnson says Henry V was our greatest monarch
Princess Diana Inquest: A Dirty Raincoat Show for the World
Malcom Turnbull: 'Queen's death will spark republican vote'
Duke of York: The Royals are not "stuffed dummies". They should have their say
Peers of the Realm: The decline and fall of the House of Lords - Charles A. Coulombe
Peter Hitchens: Get rid of the monarchy and you will get rid of a guardian of liberty
THE FALL OF CHURCHILL
Honouring Sir Edmund Hillary
The Queen versus an E.U. President
Going Solo: Prince William earns his Wings
James C. Bennett: The Third Anglosphere Century
Knights of Oz: Revive Sirs or I'll have your guts for garters
Princess Diana Inquest: A Dirty Raincoat Show for the World
Malcom Turnbull: 'Queen's death will spark republican vote'
Future Peer: The life and times of Lady Victoria Beckham
Peers of the Realm: The decline and fall of the House of Lords - Charles A. Coulombe
Peter Hitchens: Get rid of the monarchy and you will get rid of a guardian of liberty


2007 ARTICLES


New York Times: Ever Backwards into the Royal Future
Peter Hitchens: People love the Queen...and the BBC hates us for it
Christopher Hitchens: An Anglosphere Future
Andrew Cusack: Republicanism is a traitor's game
DIAMOND WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
Courageous Patrician: Rt Hon Ian Douglas Smith (1919-2007)
The Last Rhodesian: What began with Rhodes and ended with Ian?
Gentleman Journalist: The Lord Baron W.F. Deedes, 1913-2007
Not Amused: Blair's sinister campaign to undermine the Queen
Loyal Subject: Queen Elizabeth: A stranger in her own country
Reverence Deference: Bowing and Scraping Back in Tradition
Rex Murphy: Kennedy, Churchill, Lincoln - The rousing bon mot is no more
Gerald Warner: Don't shed a tear for Diana cult in its death throes
The End of Grandeur: Rich, chincy Canada puts Strathmore on the blocks
Confessions of a Republican Leftie: "The Queen charmed the pants off me"
The King's Own Calgary Regiment: Cpl. Nathan Hornburg is laid to rest
The Royal Gurkha Rifles: Prince William grieves the death of Major Roberts
Queensland Mounted Rifles: Trooper David Pearce, 41, killed in Afghanistan
The Order of Canada: 100 investitures later, Canada's highest honour turns 40
Prince Edward on Prince Edward Island: Troop's link to monarchy important
HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN: Unveils the UK Armed Forces Memorial
Great Britain: "A rotten borough with a banana monarchy" - by Europhile
FADE BRITANNIA: THE UNION OF ENGLAND AND SCOTLAND IS OVER - Simon Heffer
Peers of the Realm: The decline and fall of the House of Lords - Charles A. Coulombe
Remembering 'Smithy': An obituary tour de force by Andrew Cusack here, here and here.
NOT AMUSED: Her Majesty The Queen in Right of Quebec not invited to Quebec's tercentenary