Saturday, 14 May 2011

‎"A princely marriage is the brilliant edition of a universal fact, and, as such, it rivets mankind"

I was rather indifferent until the day came. Funny thing the monarchy. 

But come the day! What larks this wedding is! Will there be peeled grapes? 

But 30 years since the last one...

The Duke of Cambridge! An auspicious title! The last Duke of Cambridge one of the great reactionaries said: They say I am against reform. I am not against reform. There is a time for everything. And the time for reform is when it can no longer be resisted. 

Thanks to Delia Burnham I was asked on TV to discuss help commentate (dread word). ButI am very glad I decided not to burble on on Antena 3 in heavily accented Romanian about the wedding. What to say? Edward the Confessor bla bla, Prinny bla bla... 

The King and Queen of Romania are in the Abbey with Princess Margarita and Prince Radu. The King of Romania of course met his future Queen at our Queen's wedding in 1947.

The service heavenly though I was at a cocktail party and I did not give it my full attention. Roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, pretty girls, Romanian champagne, the people one knows, all subsidised by the British tax payer poor chump. A very good sermon by Chartres who says in a Godless age personal relationships substitute for religion which is why marriages fail.

Why can't England always be like that? Book of Common Prayer, beauty, people brought together by patriotism and party spirit not partisan spirit. 

A royal wedding should be a festival of stuffiness. This one is cool instead. Like a Richard Curtis film. 

The new Princess smiles too much, looks Northern down-to-earth. Asked on TV whether she would be a good queen I said the individuals aren't important. The monarchy is what matters. ('Oamenii nu sunt importanti. Monarhia este ce conteaza.') 

Satisfying and funny that the Guardian and Independent are as full of royal fervour as the conservative papers. The Guardian is supposed to be republican. 

Personally I rejoice that the monarchy is not compatible with a meritocratic society, or equality of opportunity, or post-imperial guilt or separation of church and state or multiculturalism. But that's just me - the people in the street don't care about the arguments for and against the monarchy. It is associated with the great cause of cheering us all up. 

The people in the mall may not care about the divine right of kings or social hierarchy but they do care very much about being part of an extended family = the nation, and a very long beautiful tradition = the nation. The royal wedding and the Pope's state visit showed the media class they misjudged the British people completely. 

Stuart Maconie in the Daily Mirror says the new Princess is Middle England - as English as the Six Nations, gas barbecues, Ikea and Dire Straits. I have no knowledge of any of these four things. I always felt a foreigner in my own country and generation. England for me is R.S. Surtees, the Charing Cross Road, the Inns of Court, Trollope and Belloc and cathedral closes, Broadstairs, allotments, 1930s Rupert Bear Nutwood Green ribbon development, the countryside in Derbyshire and Dorset. None of this is very up to date except I suppose the countryside which is new every moment, assuming  executive housing estates are not built are built over it. Even allotments (the unrevolutionary end result of Joe Chamberlain’s policy, in his red republican phase, of land reform – that truly IS English) are going to be sold off to property developers to make money.


People say life is the thing, but I prefer reading. 

Logan Pearsall Smith

Christians murdered in Iraq and Egypt

Interesting that the terrorists understand that Western world means Christendom while our rulers want to and are succeeding in severing the links between the two


It is wrong to despise anyone (even people who only like expensive hotels).


When Einstein was a clerk in the Swiss patent office he signed the patent for the toblerone - isn't that fact a poem? The world has a great unity which we cannot grasp.

George Bush's and Tony Blair's wars

Harold Macmillan: Rule number 1 in politics is never invade Afghanistan. 
Robert Southey: 
"My father lived at Blenheim then,
Yon little stream hard by;
They burnt his dwelling to the ground,
And he was forced to fly:
So with his wife and child he fled,
Nor had he where to rest his head.

"With fire and sword the country round
Was wasted far and wide,
And many a childing mother then
And newborn baby died;
But things like that, you know, must be
At every famous victory.

"They say it was a shocking sight
After the field was won;
For many thousand bodies here
Lay rotting in the sun;
But things like that, you know, must be
After a famous victory.

"Great praise the Duke of Marlbro' won,
And our good Prince Eugene."
"Why, 'twas a very wicked thing!"
Said little Wilhelmine.
"Nay...nay... my little girl," quoth he,
"It was a famous victory.

"And everybody praised the Duke
Who this great fight did win."
"But what good came of it at last?"
Quoth little Peterkin.
"Why that I cannot tell," said he,
"But 'twas a famous victory."

Live: Osama Bin Laden dead (BBC headline)

What I dislike considerably more than the fact that Osama was murdered are the people who blithely justify murder.

Osama was NOT a war criminal. He was a common criminal who should have been tried in an ordinary court. In Pakistan or Afghanistan or wherever he planned his crimes.

Dick Cheney in 2006: "We've never made the case or argues the case that somehow Osama bin Laden was behind 9/11."

The robust patriotism of Americans is something to admire like their belief in God. Instead the English and Europeans often sneer, an evidence of our decadence. When we ruled the world we were different. Liberals like Dickens and Macaulay wanted Indian mutineers shot in the streets. Still I wish Osama had been caught and tried.

3000 killed on 9/11 and 3000 killed by the IRA over 25 years . While the USA made war, we made terms. I wish we had not just as I wish we had not invaded Iraq.

The last word is a post by my Facebook friend Amanda Craig:  Am I alone in wishing Osama spends the afterlife queuing in airport security?

Stray monarchist thoughts

Monarchies were better than the regimes which replaced them in: Libya, Iraq, Egypt, Afghanistan, Iran, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Spain, Russia, Romania, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Albania, etc etc. Had the Austrian, German, Russian and Ottoman monarchies survived the world would have been a much happier place.

A republic which is a dictatorship is inherently illegitimate whereas a monarchy even one like the recent dynasties in the Middle East and Afghanistan is in Mark Steyn's words it's own ideology. 

George Washington and the American revolutionaries and Osama bin Ladin and Al Qaeda were all bold bad men whose plots led to countless deaths. Who killed most  people?

On 8 March 2008, Queen Elizabeth II overtook King Henry III (20,484 days) to become our third longest-reigning monarch. On Thursday our present Queen's reign has surpassed  King George III. Just one to beat now.  

Elizabeth II's reign was the greatest period in British history in thousands of ways: unexampled prosperity; peace in Europe. The British have never had it so good. 

Also a calamitous 60 years when we gave away our country, lost our religion, decided abortion and divorce on demand were progress.  Who to blame for this? The English were lions led by donkeys? The donkeys being the dons and the intellectuals and the old Tory ruling class? Or maybe we should blame the English people? Perhaps the truth is we are not a conservative country. Or "Maybe we shall rise the last as Frenchmen rose the first/Our wrath come after Russia's wrath and our wrath be the worst...."

In any case none can blame the poor dear Queen who must lament so much that she presided or rather reigned over.