Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Republicanus Interruptus

. Tuesday, November 23, 2010

In the immortal lyrics of Bruce Cockburn, let us kick against darkness until it bleeds daylight.

As always, David Flint, our valiant man Down Under, has been doing most of the kicking, and as a result, republicans have been doing a lot of the bleeding, and the world is a sunnier place for it. One detects that the weeping cavalier has suddenly been transformed into a laughing one. Lol!

Not to mention events! dear boy, events! The rest of this annus and next will be the year of the Glossy Magazine, as the royal couple weds and honeymoons to the realms to deafening screams of rock star delight. And if this were not enough on its own, the following year will be one of exceptional jubilation as the Queen celebrates her Diamond Jubilee, a feat that has only been accomplished once before in British Commonwealth history. It would be a gross understatement to declare that these are not heady days to be a republican!

Not a time to gloat - no time is - still, republicanus interruptus is now upon us. Let us enjoy it while it lasts.

37 comments:

Lord Best said...

The Australian republican movement is dead, what we see now is the corpse twitching.
The fact is they had their chance and blew it, they won't get another. I was 14 in 1999, and the republic was the issue of the day. Even the more moronic elements of the school had an opinion on the matter, they bullied kids suspected of being Monarchists.

Today, no one really cares (about the republic), and I see more and more Australians coming out and expressing Monarchical views.

God Save the Queen.

Lord Best said...

Sorry about the double post, but I forgot to say that I wish HRH Prince William and the future HRH Princess Catherine all possible happiness.

Linens and Royals said...

Republicans are so dull, boring and colourless. No pomp and ceremony for them, no big parades and cheering waving crowds or souvenirs to collect. Long Live the Monarchy.
Congratulations to William and Kate, a lovely couple.

Michael said...

Eww, I got daylight on my pants!

Phaedra said...

Republicans are not remotely 'dull boring and colourless'. Being forward-thinking and imaginative, they just dislike being pulled along by the nose in a swamp of undemocratic illegitimacy.

Anonymous said...

Support our Union, our Commonwealth, our Flag and our Monarchy! No Republic! Never! GSTQ!

Ben1987 said...

The monarchy is unpopular with a vocal few. Why abolish a system that has worked for hundreds of years? Long live the British Monarch, the Republicans can shove it where the sun don't shine as far as I'm concerned!

iMatt said...

If republicans are dull and boring, then monarchists are easily pleased, easily led, unquestioning, gullable types.

How sad that monarchists need a celebrity wedding to make them feel better about themselves and their own self worth! Is there NOTHING ELSE in Britain worth celebrating? Is there NOTHING ELSE in this country worthy of praise?

As for long live the monarch. Don't make me laugh! Betty Windsor could die tommorow, as could potentially any one else. However, should this happen, the monarchist's worst nightmare will come true: King Charles / George. Mention King Charles and support for monarchy plummets. Support for King William is stronger. King William of course is very much uncharted territory. No wonder monarchists wish to have the Queen last another 20 years!

Anonymous said...

...and that's what scares you republicans, up to forty years forward thinking. That no elected office an provide!

A questioning monarchist and darn proud of it.

JonathanD said...

'Republicans are so dull, boring and colourless. No pomp and ceremony for them, no big parades and cheering waving crowds'

Well having been to France, Germany and let's not forget the USA they have plenty of pomp, ceremony, big parades and and cheering waving crowds but no monarchy. I just think its obscene when people are losing their jobs all around me that we have to spend £20M on a royal wedding when the queen is amply capable of paying for it herself out of her minimum £400M plus fortune or paying more tax than on the 8% of her income that she currently pays. Why should the taxpayer pay for 24 members of the royal family when in a republic they would only pay for a president?
I constantly hear the old 'they bring in tourist income' claptrap but France generates more tourist income per capita than the UK. The bank holiday for the royal wedding will accordingly to that monarchist organ the Daily Mail will bring in £600M of additional income, what they don't say is that every all country bank holiday costs the UK economy £1.9Bn. Personally I think the income to the royal family should fall into line with other monarchies in Europe and cut their reliance on the taxpayer and rely on the interest from their vast wealth. £67M a year in the civil list for what effectively amounts to pitching up somewhere in luxury transport, waving a bit, shaking hands and making banal conversaton (not to mention hmq attrocious bad breath, I've met her)and then bimblng off again in luxury transport to be waited on hand and foot doesn't seem good value to me. Indirect costs of royalty (transport, borrowing helicopters to go to golf courses etc.) amounts to around £150M a year. So £217M a year for an institution which was after all imposed on us in 1066 doesn't seem to be fair. I respect the right of monarchists to have their view (without resorting to childish comments and threats of violence) but the value for money argument stands scrutiny and there is no arguing with it. People say the royals work very hard, doing what exactly? Tourists come to see the soldiers, palaces and the like, less than 1% actually see any member of the royal family. France has soldiers, palaces and the pomp and circumstance and no monarchy but still attract more tourist income pro-rata than the UK. Why?

Monarchists say republicans are a minority but if this is the case why are they so vocally opposed to them? If they represent no threat why devote so many column inches on the subject. Perhaps its because Winston Churchill said 'Never underestimate a minority'?

Incidentally prince charles will be king henry not charles because of the memories the name will bring.

JonathanD said...

'Support our Union, our Commonwealth, our Flag and our Monarchy! No Republic'

Just thought I'd also mention that the union, the commonwealth and the flag have nothing to do with the monarchy. The Union Flag is the flag of Great Britain not the monarchy, theirs is the royal standard. The union was by an act of parliament which the monarch opposed incidentally, the commonwealth was the former empire which resulted from former territories demanding, fighting for and shedding blood to achieve independence which was granted by parliament. I have no objection to monarchists claiming the royal family as their own but I do object to them trying to make out that everything British is linked inextricably to the monarchy.

JonathanD said...

'The monarchy is unpopular with a vocal few. Why abolish a system that has worked for hundreds of years' and the evidence for these statements (and I don't mean anecdotal I do mean hard concrete evidence) is where? Their latter comment about republican' shoving it where the sun don't shine just shows how incapable monarchists are of maintaining reasoned debate. Instead of facts and evidence to support their case they resort to insults, platitudes and well all else fails sycophancy. Fundamentally their case is based on an outdated view of Britain and they cannot accept that the world has moved on. The majority of countries in the world are republics.

JonathanD said...

A questioning monarchist? That means you are questioning the monarchy. Just thought I'd mention it.

JonathanD said...

Crikey the monarchist's ability to get even simple facts right like gender is apalling. The top of this page reads Elizabeth our Prince
Is this another operation at the taxpayers expense we were not aware of?

Anonymous said...

"the commonwealth was the former empire which resulted from former territories demanding, fighting for and shedding blood to achieve independence which was granted by parliament."

Actually the Commonwealth was formed by the dominions demanding further autonomy. I am unaware of any of these nations "shedding blood" to achieve this aim (aside from perhaps the Irish Free State).

Anonymous said...

Jonathon D you are but a third rate troll.

The House Of Windsor HAS earned both this Scotsman's admiration and right to rule, BY MY CONSENT, as is right and proper. Also by what my Asian friends call THE MANDATE OF HEAVEN, a two way street, that must be earned as well as given.

Anonymous said...

Jonathan D, the British Government and indirectly the British taxpayers make a very handsome profit from the monarchy. Do you really think that the British taxpayers pay the Queen, and the Queen does not pay back? Actually it is the other way round - the Queen pays the British Government all of the revenue from the Crown Estate in exchange for the Civil List. The Crown Estate properties, as I understand it, belong to the monarch, and every succeeding monarch personally renews the deal made between George III and Parliament to hand over the revenues from the Crown Estate in exchange for a yearly payment for the running of the monarchy. In my country Australia we do not pay anything at all. Read this for more info:
http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=4709

As for the wedding reception at Westminster Abbey, I believe the costs are being met by the Royal Family and the Middleton family. No cost to the government except for the security.

Anonymous said...

'The monarchy is unpopular with a vocal few. Why abolish a system that has worked for hundreds of years' and the evidence for these statements (and I don't mean anecdotal I do mean hard concrete evidence) is where? Their latter comment about republican' shoving it where the sun don't shine just shows how incapable monarchists are of maintaining reasoned debate. Instead of facts and evidence to support their case they resort to insults, platitudes and well all else fails sycophancy. Fundamentally their case is based on an outdated view of Britain and they cannot accept that the world has moved on. The majority of countries in the world are republics

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Evidence? Does the fact that Britain has remained remarkably stable since 1688 while the rest of Europe has, like dominoes, succumbed to revolution and dictatorship, if not imply but suggest something? Does the fact that, to quote David Flint in the above article, "Of the world's seven oldest continuing democracies, five are constitutional monarchies. Elizabeth II is Queen of four of these" perhaps suggest something? A lot can be said for constitutional monarchy. The hereditary nature of the system is its strength in that, when executive authority is vested in a hereditary institution, no professional politician (no matter how wealthy, connected, or powerful) can ever hope to hold, control or influence the highest office in the land. The best check there can be on an abusive Cabinet or a rogue Prime Minister.

In my experience we monarchists argue a very reasoned case, but republicans just seem to ignore everything we say and proceed calling us reactionaries and (in my case) un Australian. One accusation of insults and unreasoned debate deserves another, mate.

LAW Wells said...

In addition to the above-presented evidence, Prof. Flint has also noted that constitutional monarchies are over-represented in the ten least corrupt and most prosperous nations, as defined by the Legatum Prosperity Index. Were monarchies no better than republics, we would hardly see such a result.

As for pomp and circumstance in the UK... I have two questions, Johnathon. First, would you care to tell me what else we might celebrate in April next year if not the royal wedding? And second, why should we not celebrate the wedding anyway? Are we to ration joyous occasions of beauty and love as though such things were rare and precious, instead of (as they truly are) abundant, nay, infinite?

Oh, and regarding Elizabeth our Prine, perhaps you might also take umbrage with Mr Spock in Star Trek II, when he refers to Lieutenant Saavik (a female Vulcan) as Mr Saavik (my point is - it's perfectly alright to use a masculine for a feminine. And remember well the words of the first Queen Elizabeth - I may have the body of a weak and frail woman, but I have the heart of a king, and a King of England too!).

And finally - yes, I do question the monarchy. I also happen to find in its favour. Just because one asks a question doesn't mean one is opposed. In fact, in means we're better able to rebuff people such as you.

Gladstone said...

Johnathan,

You are a fool and a bore.

Good day sir.

Bob Wiggin said...

The forthcoming wedding of William and Katherine is being used by the establishment as entertainment for the masses. This is the role of Monarchy, to hide the deficiencies of our politics from the people. The 'masses' will one day wake up to the fact that it will be more beneficial to them to have constitutional limitations on parliament and government, and a Head of State with real constitutional powers to act on the people's behalf, given him/her in a written constitution. We can still have pomp and circumstance in a British republic, pomp and circumstance is not the exclusive property of monarchy.

ben1987 said...

The majority of countries in the world are republics.
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Bon voyage Jonathan

Ben1987 said...

Dear Jonathan & Co:

The Union Flag, also known as the Union Jack, is the flag of the United Kingdom.It retains an official or semi-official status in some Commonwealth Realms; for example, it is known as the Royal Union Flag in Canada.

On April 29th you can see the silent majority of this country take to the streets to salute the monarchy. It sents a message that despite the press and media and the boring republicans, the British and the Commenwealth still value its Queen and Monarchy.

Come and see!

Anonymous said...

Damn straight Ben, i'll be cheering too. From Australia. That will show that Julia!

JonathanD said...

Johnathan,

'You are a fool and a bore.'

and Gladstone you have no case to offer but just resort to petty insults. At least I also take the trouble to spell people's name correctly and I don't resort to petty insults to establish my case or in your post absolutely no case at all.

I think also that those who say no blood was shed in the creation of the commonwealth really ought to do some research first. I think you'll find that blood was shed in South Africa and many other former colonies.

The post saying the queen is paying for the wedding is correct and we are just paying for the security, which comes in at £20M.

As for 'In my experience we monarchists argue a very reasoned case, but republicans just seem to ignore everything we say and proceed calling us reactionaries and (in my case) un Australian.'

So far I have yet to see any evidence of what the royal family does being hard work, why we should continue to fund so many of them and what benefit they have had to the country.

Incidentally I never said I was a republican, you have all assumed this.

anglophilegerman said...

Dear friends in Great Britain and in the Commonwealth, dear Monarchists and Republicans,

I am German and I am not a german Monarchist. I am a true demokrat but I am not a great fan of ambitious politicians. Are you?

I am surprised very much at the statement: Never underestimate an of minority'? Nevertheless, democracy indicates to respect the majority.

In Germany the president is not chosen by the people. The political parties install him. About that there is regularly quarrel. Mr. Wulff is a nice guy. But with a head that all four years chanched, no people can identify.

There is nothing what the people between Hamburg and Munich, Trier and Berlin unites and connects except maybe football.

The people interested itself not for the wedding of the president, not for his birthday, or inauguration. No people with flags, no parades no feeling of the community. No Tourist spent one penny for all this.

Only the tourists to dear you should not be proudly on the monarchy. Tourists are strangers. Britons, Canadians, New Zealanders, Australians determine even about her country and system.

However, it is your history, it is your tradition, your strengt, your national identity, your heir and your future.

If you don't want a Monarchy you'll have a president of the Republic who is almost the same thing like here in Germany, who has almost the same power of the queen.

This systeme cost millions too and you have to pay for 5-6 Ex-presidents and their familys.

By the way: No elective president has an approval in the population like the queen of 70-80%. No republic, no president can perform this.

The Queen's Golden Jubilee in 2002 (I was in London this time, oh my god I can never forget that) have done exactly what the politicians and the media cannot - unite the quiet majority of the country, giving the people something to believe in and a sense of belonging.

The harping from the vociferous minority who disagree is indicative of a small clique who will never be happy when the nation is united, the same minority lives in every state, also in Germany too. They want to destroy something. They want to take everything from the people. However, can give to them as a countermove nothing.

Well, do you realy think King Charles as the next king should be the end of the monarchy?
In 1901, after the death of queen Victoria one thought this resembles about Edward VII.

However, when he became king was respected a good king, and was loved by his people.
Charles will be more popular than people thing, because he does exactly what he should be doing with his profile-using it to direct some of the most admirable and important charities that this country has. Because of the Princes Trust charities, thousands of people are in work and education who wouldnt have been, and thousands of people have been brought out of homelessness. For that alone i think he will be much more popular than people expect.

For centuries Great Britain was envied by the other states for his political system, it was copied all over the world. You have a good and excellent working demokratic system. Thank God for this.

Now there are people who want to renounce all this. For what? For what exchange?

Should the British monarchy set once and Great Britain disintegrate into independent states in England, then Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, you only will be an unimportant, soulless, dull thing.

Then maybe many people will notice what they have lost, like under Oliver Cromwells cheerless republic.

Sorry, I am only a bloody foreigner with bad english. But I like Great Britain and I spend every year my holidays on your great soil. But I will never honour a British republic with my visit.

Blest Advent time to you all.

germanbrit said...

Dear friends in Great Britain and in the Commonwealth, dear Monarchists and Republicans,

I am German and I am not a german Monarchist. I am a true demokrat but I am not a great fan of ambitious politicians. Are you?

I am surprised very much at the statement: Never underestimate an of minority'? Nevertheless, democracy indicates to respect the majority.

In Germany the president is not chosen by the people. The political parties install him. About that there is regularly quarrel. Mr. Wulff is a nice guy. But with a head that all four years chanched, no people can identify.

There is nothing what the people between Hamburg and Munich, Trier and Berlin unites and connects except maybe football.

The people interested itself not for the wedding of the president, not for his birthday, or inauguration. No people with flags, no parades no feeling of the community. No Tourist spent one penny for all this.

Only the tourists to dear you should not be proudly on the monarchy. Tourists are strangers. Britons, Canadians, New Zealanders, Australians determine even about her country and system.

However, it is your history, it is your tradition, your strengt, your national identity, your heir and your future.

If you don't want a Monarchy you'll have a president of the Republic who is almost the same thing like here in Germany, who has almost the same power of the queen.

This systeme cost millions too and you have to pay for 5-6 Ex-presidents and their familys.

By the way: No elective president has an approval in the population like the queen of 70-80%. No republic, no president can perform this... -->

germanbrit said...

... --> The Queen's Golden Jubilee in 2002 (I was in London this time, oh my god I can never forget that) have done exactly what the politicians and the media cannot - unite the quiet majority of the country, giving the people something to believe in and a sense of belonging.

The harping from the vociferous minority who disagree is indicative of a small clique who will never be happy when the nation is united, the same minority lives in every state, also in Germany too. They want to destroy something. They want to take everything from the people. However, can give to them as a countermove nothing.

Well, do you realy think King Charles as the next king should be the end of the monarchy?
In 1901, after the death of queen Victoria one thought this resembles about Edward VII.

However, when he became king was respected a good king, and was loved by his people.
Charles will be more popular than people thing, because he does exactly what he should be doing with his profile-using it to direct some of the most admirable and important charities that this country has. Because of the Princes Trust charities, thousands of people are in work and education who wouldnt have been, and thousands of people have been brought out of homelessness. For that alone i think he will be much more popular than people expect.

For centuries Great Britain was envied by the other states for his political system, it was copied all over the world. You have a good and excellent working demokratic system. Thank God for this.

Now there are people who want to renounce all this. For what? For what exchange?

Should the British monarchy set once and Great Britain disintegrate into independent states in England, then Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, you only will be an unimportant, soulless, dull thing.

Then maybe many people will notice what they have lost, like under Oliver Cromwells cheerless republic.

Sorry, I am only a bloody foreigner with bad english. But I like Great Britain and I spend every year my holidays on your great soil. But I will never honour a British republic with my visit.

Blest Advent time to you all.

anglophilegerman said...

I´m sorry, an error message led to the duplication of the contributions

Anonymous said...

JonathanD "I think also that those who say no blood was shed in the creation of the commonwealth really ought to do some research first. I think you'll find that blood was shed in South Africa and many other former colonies. "

The Second Boer war fought was long before the Statute of Westminster as for that matter was the "Third Boer war" which was so minor that it is generally merely referred to as the Maritz rebellion, neither of which were particularly important for the formation of the Commonwealth (although I suppose had Britain lost either then the Commonwealth would have been somewhat smaller at the Statute of Westminster, neither was a direct cause of the Statute). The Statute of Westminster was a rather peaceful process all things considered, I do not know why you seem to think it was particularly violent.

Lord Best said...

What a thrill, three of the four remaining republicans posting on this blog.

Republics are no better and no cheaper than Monarchies. So why change? This is the problem republican movements face, there is no earthly way they can convince the populace to pay more for more politicians in a demonstrably inferior system.

Lord Best said...

Courtesy of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy:
http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/people/britain-bucks-up-by-romancing-the-throne-20101119-18103.html
'"Our research shows that in a typical year Britain's monarchy generates, on the most conservative estimates, well over £500 million [$810 million] a year directly and indirectly from overseas tourists - but the benefit of a royal wedding year is likely to outstrip that."
-Sandie Dawe, Chief Executive of VisitBritain.

Not that republicans ever let facts distract from their vitriol.

iMatt said...

And a pointless bank holiday that could cost the country £6bn!

Lord Best said...

Why don't you go along and tell the people they shouldn't get a holiday, then. I'm sure that will thrill them.
No doubtit will go a long way to convincing the populace that you aren't joyless, soulless lunatics.

iMatt said...

So people were crying out for an extra bank holiday before Cameron announced one were they?

As for the £6bn figure, this comes from the CBI, not me.

As for calling people lunatics, what is sheer lunacy is getting excited over a wedding between two people you don't know, will never meet and have not produced anything of worth! Mind you, the way monarchists get so worked up over the Windsors, its not suprising. Anyone would think you're all related...inbreeding...nah, that'd never happen, surely??!!

Anonymous said...

My Top Ten List:

1) A President will cost just as much as a king. He'll have an official residence, a salary, travel expenses, official vehicles, close protection operators, food, clothing, aides, speech writers, lawyers, and everything else a king these days has. There's also the additional recurring cost of presidential elections every four or five years, which are insanely expensive. The 2008 US Presidential election campaigns cost 5.3 BILLION dollars. Repeat that cost every four years, and even if Prince William and Kate's wedding is paid by public money (which it isn't), it's a piss in the ocean compared to what election campaigns cost.

2) Calling modern monarchies dictatorships is just plain silly. I have the same rights and live my life in just as much freedom as my American and French counterparts. The fact that we can even have this discussion is proof to that effect. The monarchy is an institution that openly allows debate over its potential demise. How much more individual freedom do you think you'll get from a republic that you don't already have now?

3) Republics have just as many celebrity weddings as anyone else, and they get just as much public attention. Sarkozy and Carla ring a bell? Or JFK and Jackie?

4) As much as you might hate it, we think it's a good thing that an office is held by someone who didn't make it his life's ambition to get there. There's generally a lot less lying, manipulating, back stabbing, palm-greasing and bogus fronting that way.

5) Republicans compare their ideal to our reality. Let's stop comparing apples and oranges here and compare modern states on the same points. A resident of Holland or Spain doesn't enjoy an inferior level of liberty than his French or American because his head of state is a monarch and not a president, nor does he pay higher taxes, nor is he more easily distracted by celebrity happenings.

Anonymous said...

Continued...

6) Monarchists aren't any more gullible or apathetic than republicans. Considering that in 2000, one in two Americans thought Bush "stole" the White House, and the average American election turns out around 30 percent of listed voters, republicans are plenty capable of being gullible and apathetic too.

7) There are plenty of other things that consume absurd amounts of public money while bringing back dubious, if any, returns that republicans don't have a problem with, and don't mention. Like the Olympics.

8) Her Majesty's heirs and successors are required to give service. Prince Harry has done a tour in Afghanistan as a spotter (which was cut short by some paparazzi reports that violated the publication ban on his presence), and Prince William is working as a SAR pilot.

9) What's outdated today is a la mode tomorrow. For the record, it happens to be popular these days, but fifteen years ago, it looked like it would be disbanded. Calling monarchy outdated illustrates the very root of my problem with republican government: it lives the here-and-now. What's in today, versus what the long-term trend is. Republicanism rides the wave of vogue while monarchy stands despite it.

10) Republicanism pretends to be able to fix monarchy's problems while ignoring its own shortcomings. Every system works perfectly on paper, but once it's put into the hands of imperfect men, it falls spectacularly short of its lofty goals. Of all the systems of government out there - People's Republic of This, Most Holy Republic of That, the two that seem to at least somewhat work are the modern parliamentary democracy under a monarch, and the republican democracy under a president. And they both appear to produce economies that are equally productive, citizens who have comparable rights and freedoms, and citizens are equally content with their systems. So I don;t see the point in revamping our entire political and judicial systems to swap systems for one that doesn't and won't work any better. So until someone comes up with a better system of government than what currently exists in the world (which I sincerely doubt will happen),

God Save the Queen!

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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