Wave the FLAG and if the FRENCH don’t like it they can catch the EUROSTAR home from WATERLOO
Thursday. June 23, 2005
Let’s celebrate this victory. If the French don’t like it, they can go home on the Eurostar – from WATERLOO.
Lord Nelson expects…a decent naval review
Admiral Sir Alan West, First Sea Lord and head of the Royal Navy, is a fine sailor and uncommonly nice man, who had a frigate sunk under him in the Falklands War.
This week however, he has caused generations of sea dogs to turn in their graves.
Describing next week’s grand Fleet Review, he said:
‘I don’t want a great triumphalist thing for the Battle of Trafalgar.’
That’s not the point of it.
Trafalgar is a fact of history, but this is a wonderful opportunity for defence diplomacy.
Thus at Spithead, for this 200th anniversary, rival tall ships which enact a naval battle of the Napoleonic period (or as we prefer to call it, the Nelsonian period) will be tactfully depicted as the Red and Blue Fleets, rather than the English and French/Spanish.
An English admiral will fall to a musket ball, but the outcome will assuredly be deemed a draw.
France is a modern ally. With President Chirac’s aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle in attendance, it would never do to rub French noses in little embarrassments a couple of centuries old.
Recalling Tony Blair’s apology for the Irish famine a few years back, it would not be surprising if he chose this moment to tell the French and Spanish how deeply he regrets the fact that misguided English tars spoilt their fleet in 1805, destroying ten French and ten Spanish ships. Compensation might be discussed. A service of reconciliation could be arranged.
I mean, you know, even the word ‘victory’ sounds hopelessly not 21st century, doesn’t it?
It seems to echo the sentiments attributed to Genghis Khan eight centuries ago:
‘The greatest happiness is to vanquish your enemies, to chase them before you, to rob them of their wealth, to see those dear to them bathed in tears, to clasp to your bosom their wives and daughters.’
Nowadays, we are supposed to have got past all the barbaric stuff, to go to counselling rather than seek triumphs over our enemies; to make our servicemen peacekeepers rather than warriors; to ship them smartly off to the Old Bailey if they put a step wrong in Iraq.
New Labour’s approach to history is either to pretend that it does not exist, or to aerosol it into a non-partisan blur.
Yet if ever there were an anniversary, which deserves to be celebrated without inhibitions, it is England’s – for few then said ‘Britain’s’ – victory at Trafalgar.
Since the 19th century, some strange English people, as well as the entire French nation, have continued to admire Napoleon Bonaparte.
In truth, of course, he was a tyrant who brought greater misery and bloodshed to Europe than any before Hitler.
It is neither here nor there that he was a military genius who ruled France efficiently and that the Bourbon monarchs who followed him were sorry creatures.
Bonaparte was an absolutist who sought personal glory and European domination, and was prepared to destroy all who stood in his way.
When William Pitt declared towards the end of his life:
‘England has saved herself by her exertions and will, as I trust save Europe by her example’
He spoke no less than the truth.
I admire Andrew Roberts as a historian, but I was dismayed by his recent book comparing Wellington and Bonaparte.
Nowhere did he mention the obvious distinction:
Wellington was the servant of a
Bonaparte was a Dictator who killed his opponents without scruple.
Wellington and Nelson played glorious and critical roles in saving Europe from French domination, the principal aim of British foreign policy for almost three centuries.
The truth is that it is the French who should be embarrassed today. They continue to revere as their greatest hero a Corsican tyrant whose purposes were unfailingly selfish and base.
The British beat breasts about our alleged historic shortcomings – our empire notable among them – with an enthusiasm that bewilders other nations.
The shelves of every bookshop in the land are stacked with works that pick over the sores of our past misdeeds.
There is even a row when Our Island Story, a splendid Edwardian celebration of British achievement, is republished in a new edition.
By contrast, France is the only major participant in World War II never to have published an official history. Even Germany has done this, with exemplary fairness and scholarship. Yet the modern French state still cannot bring itself to address its failures and humiliations of the 1939-45 period.
A few years ago, a French intellectual said to me:
‘To understand our two nations you must understand that the French are accustomed to fail, while the British are accustomed to succeed.’
I said that it often did not always seem so to us. He responded by reciting the catalogue of French defeats and disasters in their wars of modern history – most of course, at British hands.
French bitterness towards the Anglo-Saxons is a fact of life. A Frenchman has recently published a book about his country’s anti-Americanism. It seems both undignified and futile to seek to appease French rancour, especially about an event as remote from us today as Trafalgar.
The history is indisputable:
Bonaparte wished to invade and conquer England, the most substantial threat to his hegemony over the Continent.
At the time of Trafalgar, the emperor had temporarily turned his attentions to the Russians and Austrians, whom he crushingly defeated at Austerlitz on December 2, 1805.
There is little doubt that he would have resumed operations against England had not the French and Spanish naval power been broken by the Royal Navy on October 21-1805.
Nelson fought his great battle in pursuit of the freedom of England. It represented a triumph of seamanship and fighting power of the Royal Navy, in a just cause. How could any of us fail to have pride that we are descendants of the men who achieved such great things?
Yet all sorts of people who should know better continue to shrink.
N.A.M. Rodger, author of a masterly recent history of the Royal Navy, writes ruefully:
‘It is many years since British historians have felt comfortable in celebrating their country’s triumphs…No modern university historian could possibly write the life of a famous hero and hope to preserve his reputation, unless he destroyed that of his subject.’
The success of Rodger’s most recent volume, which culminates with Nelson’s victory at Trafalgar, suggests that the British public is ready for a new attitude, shrugging off the baggage of Euro-correctness.
If the bands of the Royal Marines do not play Rule Britannia! Under the bows of the Charles de Gaulle next week [Tuesday 28th June] then somebody in charge is missing the point of the Fleet Review.
There is a time for soft soap and a time simply to wave the Union Jack, clap each other on the back and say:
‘Didn’t we do well then, 200 years ago?’
And if the French don’t like it, they can catch the Eurostar home from
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The abolition of Britain
by The Reform Treaty
- Second Reading-Passed by majority of 138
Veteran parliamentarian TONY BENN
speaks of the absolute necessity of a
HEAR HIM ON
So You Want
Out Of The EU
THEN WHY NOT SIGN THE
RENUNCIATION of EU CITIZENSHIP
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With the signing of the Maastricht
Treaty the people of Britain were given
EUROPEAN and BRITISH
The extra tier of citizenship was
thrust upon the people without their consent -and in many cases
The PEOPLE of GREAT BRITAIN should
be allowed the option of opting out of the EUROPEAN CITIZENSHIP if
they so wish. The GOVERNMENT will then be able to provide those who
have opted out with
-only such as British (not EU)
passports, driving licences and other national documents.
EU laws will also NOT APPLY to those
HAVE OPTED OUT OF EUROPEAN
[PETITION OPEN UNTIL
A BLUNT REPLY TO THE
QUEEN'S SPEECH ON CHRISTMAS DAY-25th
LEGACY-AUSTRALIA-CANADA-NEW ZEALAND-WHY THEY
The Act of
Settlement of 1701-WHY IT SHOULD CONCERN
The Common Law of
ENGLAND is the LAW of
Commonwealth Realms V The Constitution for
AUSTRALIA-SUPPORT THE CROWN
THANK GOD WE
ELECTED A MONARCH
(by the Late -William
WHY WE MUST BE
ALERT AND WITH OUR COMMONWEALTH PATRIOTS
MAINTAIN CONSTITUTIONAL MONARCHY
IF WE DESTROY OUR
RIGHT OF FREEDOM TO FIGHT A WAR ON
YOU CAN'T HAVE BOTH.
WILL THIS CHRISTMAS QUEEN'S SPEECH
LAST IN A
FREE INDEPENDENT ENGLAND -SCOTLAND AND WALES?
HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN ASSURE YOU THAT YOU
HAVE NOTHING TO FEAR FROM BECOMING A
PROVINCE OF EUROPE.
THE QUEEN MAKE IT PLAIN THAT OUR FREE
INDEPENDENT NATION STATE IS SACROSANCT BUT
THAT IF THE PEOPLE WISH TO BECOME SLAVES
-THEN A REFERENDUM THERE MUST BE.
THAT NO ENGLISHMAN SHOULD BE ASKED WHETHER
HE WISHES TO BE A SLAVE OR FREE!
CHRISTMAS WE WILL FIND OUT IF OUR PROTECTOR
'Rights and Liberties'
by HER SACRED OATH
MONARCHY be nothing more than a
PARK in the future
THE TIME FOR BLUNT SPEAKING AS THE VERY
EXISTENCE OF OUR UNIQUE NATION STATE IS IN
We are told on the BBC (Brussels
Broadcasting Service) at 11.30 pm on
Saturday the 23rd December, 2007, that the
QUEEN now has a website which has footage of
the Royal Family in the past and that the
QUEEN is NOT
'Stuck in the past'
far as many patriotic subjects are concerned
we need to remain in the PAST when it
concerns the protection of our
have had and will continue to have but it
must not threaten our very WAY-OF-LIFE our
Common Law of England and all which makes
our country the most unique parliamentary
democracy in the world.
BE NO SURRENDER!
Should the Monarch fail to protect our
inherited RIGHTS and Liberties then we shall
have to fight for a REPUBLIC as
happened in the 17th century because the
Monarch of the day ignored those very
'Rights and Liberties of Englishmen' which
will still survive in the English Speaking
World today in December 2007. How can the
MOTHER of PARLIAMENTS give away what is
already our and our children's
INHERITANCE which cannot be taken away by
PARLIAMENT or the QUEEN.
If the above publicity
exercise is to be used to soften the impact to
the population of the BETRAYAL of their
CONSTITUTION and COUNTRY then it would be
the greatest TREASON by a Monarch since
James II who sold our COUNTRY to the FRENCH
for MONEY and RELIGION.
WE ASK WHAT PRICE ARE OUR RIGHTS AND
THEY ARE PRICELESS!
Choice is Yours!-but time is running out
6 months to be EXACT!
WE are to
THEY are not
WE have more to LOSE
more to GAIN
WE have been clear of dictators from EUROPE
for most of our HISTORY
been cursed with that abomination for most
of their HISTORY and NOW!
Our Queen and the EU Constitution
The Spirit of England
THE ENEMY IS EVERYWHERE
HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH THE II
We now learn
from the Daily Mail COMMENT on Christmas Eve
that the Queen's Speech will cover the
catastrophic fall in Values and Moral
behaviour since the beginning of her 56
-year reign. This has been brought about by
the actions of HER MINISTERS and the greater
number of those in HER PARLIAMENT who have
placed THEIR CONCERNS before the INTERESTS
of THE PEOPLE and NATION STATE.
the fact that HER PEOPLE feel LOST that has
been the direct result of the actions of HER
SUCCESSIVE GOVERNMENTS and the TRAITOROUS
POLITICIANS including PRIME MINISTERS who
have stealthily over the 56 years of HER
MAJESTY'S REIGN have almost achieved their
aim of ENSLAVING the PEOPLE to a FOREIGN
for the marked drop in the number viewing
THE QUEEN'S SPEECH is no doubt because the
mass of people have realised years ago that
the MONARCH is powerless to PROTECT their
WAY-OF-LIFE and events up to now have PROVED
There is a well know saying
'Nero fiddled while Rome burned'
Is it the case on
Christmas Day 2007 while the Monarch
talks our Rights and Liberties are
being taken from us under our very
Of course the QUEEN
under HER CONSTITUTIONAL ROLE can only
'Advise and Warn' HER MINISTERS but when
the matter concerns the very LIFE of an
INDEPENDENT STATE we expect that HER MAJESTY
consider the arrangement to be AT AN END as
it would make a MOCKERY of the PRIME
IMPORTANCE of the MONARCH to protect our
inherited Rights and Liberties which HER
MINISTERS are endeavouring TO GIVE
We as loyal
subjects of the MONARCH who is the living
embodiment of OUR RIGHTS and LIBERTIES
ask at this late stage with only months to
the eradication of a FREE NATION STATE some
veiled comments that HER MAJESTY will
PROTECT our RIGHTS and LIBERTIES.
As for the
MORAL tone of the NATION STATE at this most
crucial time in ENGLISH CONSTITUTIONAL HISTORY this matter
should be left to CHURCH LEADERS who's
responsibility it is to CARE for their
FLOCKS particularly at this FESTIVAL of
MAJESTY'S SPEECH has not been pre-recorded
we ask HER MAJESTY to give those MILLIONS of
HER subjects some hope that their PROTECTOR
has NOT FORGOTTEN THEM.
APPEAL not be answered we can at last
confirm that the MONARCHY is after all
nothing more than a talking shop suitable
for YouTube and therefore nothing more than
Benn's comments about the despotic and
need for a
politician with INTEGRITY and love of
country who has for decades witnessed the
growth of the monstrous creature soon to be
STATES OF EUROPE.
Liberties of Parliament-
Birthright of Subjects of England.
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