National pride

With pomp, pageantry and ceremony rarely surpassed anywhere in the world, Prince William and Catherine Middleton have celebrated their marriage at Westminster Abbey.  This blog wishes the Royal newlyweds a happy life together blessed with love.

The eyes of hundreds of millions of people from around the world have fixed themselves on London to witness the kind of event that just doesn’t happen with anything like such majesty anywhere else.

If only the pride being felt by so many Britons in respect of this historic State occasion event could be felt for this country itself.

For the United Kingdom is in decline.  Our influence and place in the world has been reduced by people who see virtue in mediocrity and shame in success. Governance of the Realm has been surrendered to bureaucrats overseas in Brussels.  Our strength, economically, commercially and militarily has been purposely undermined. The politicians, rather than preside over improvement and enhancement in the life of all Britons, seek to level downwards and jettison the things that made this country great.  The can-do attitude and yearning to go further, do better and achieve more has been eroded by people who compensate for their lack of substance by mocking those who hold such sentiments.  Those who have secured a place in life, rather than encourage others to do the same, all too often seek to draw up the drawbridge to deny the opportunities they enjoyed being extended to others. These are just some of the problems from which the Royal Family have been largely insulated but have degraded this nation.

If only one day a change could take place in this country that would make us as proud of it as so many people were of the occasion observed by the world today. That would be a real cause for celebration, flag waving and a sense of national pride.

17 Responses to “National pride”

  1. 1 ODESTON 29/04/2011 at 1:01 pm

    Your perspicacious eloquence mirrors exactly my own feelings. I look forward to the day when we find a few decent and honest politicians with courage and confidence to extract our nation from the clutches of that outrageously corrupt kakistocracy that is the European Union.

  2. 2 Katabasis 29/04/2011 at 1:28 pm

    For one day only, with union flags everywhere, Britain pretends that it is in control of its own affairs. But tomorrow we go back to being a province of the greater EUSSR.

  3. 3 The Gray Monk 29/04/2011 at 1:47 pm

    I would correct only one thing in what you have said here – the absolute pit of mediocrity, dishonesty and deceit that has dragged Britain to this low ebb lies in Whitehall, not Brussels. It is the legion of incompetent parasites in Whiethall who gold plate everything that comes from Brussels and misrepresents it. If you want to save Britain, dismember the Civil Service.

    I know, I had the misfortune to work under that shower of evil, scheming incompetents who mislead Parliament by misbriefing Ministers on everything from immigration to the cost of defence.

    Long live the Queen. May William and Catherine enjoy a long and very happy marriage.

    My toast for the day – A curse on all the politicians in Westminster, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Belfast and upon all their houses and supporters and especially upon the Civil Service.

    Make Britain great again.

  4. 4 Uncle Badger 29/04/2011 at 2:13 pm

    Hear! Hear! AM – very well said, indeed!

  5. 5 Katabasis 29/04/2011 at 2:22 pm

    Gray Monk –

    Six times they were given the pen, and six times they signed. And the sovereign remained silent each time as sovereignty slipped away.

  6. 6 Joe 29/04/2011 at 2:39 pm

    Katabasis – The sovereign has no will other than that of her parliament. All of the royal prerogative has been dismantled over time by mean spirited politicians seeking to remove any chance that the sovereign may aid the people; starting with the Privy Council – it was always our right to seek redress through petition to the council – had been for centuries; until the government disbanded it over the wishes of the Queen.

    You were among those that voted for the politicians, regardless of which party you chose, so you are equally culpable. And it is merely attempting to pass the blame onto a monarch that has no other choice but to sign whatever her government negotiates in her name; or risk a total constitutional crisis which could bring down the monarchy forever.

    If you think that is not right then hang the politicians and support the monarchy.

  7. 7 Climate Change Con....... 29/04/2011 at 2:53 pm

    Great wedding and a great example of Britain and its genuine history and culture as opposed to the EU’s artificial and meaningless “multi- cultural society” concept.

    And give credit to the Palace for not inviting these unelected and inadequate civil servants who try to masquerade as “Presidents”

    ” EU chiefs snubbed by UK royals”

    All three EU presidents and the bloc’s foreign policy chief – one of the most senior UK dignitaries – have been snubbed by the British royal family.

    European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso does not feel put out, according to his spokesman, Olivier Bailly: “He’s not upset. It is for the British royal family to decide who they want to invite.”

    “There were several royal weddings in recent years in the European Union, most recently in Sweden and Denmark and he wasn’t invited to those either.”

    But he went on to lament how the bloc is ignored by European nobility: “It seems that royal protocol today is not to invite the EU institution leaders.”

  8. 8 John E Payne 29/04/2011 at 3:03 pm

    I agree with the words and intent of this article. The comments made so far are clear and just as agreeable. The rot in our society is the scheming of Westminster civil servants, and politicians upon instructions from their political parties, who are just as much to blame.

    All those wonderful people travelling to London and celebrating the Royal wedding are the true silent British, and deserve some none political power to protect their Country. There is only one person who can do that; it is the Queen, who took a coronation oath to protect her subjects. If politicians were sincere they would encourage the Queen to use the Royal Prerogative and propose referendums whenever she considered parliamentary laws were likely to give away the sovereignty of her subjects to a foreign force. After all, our entire Parliament can do as it wishes without the threat of being overruled. An unlimited and unchallenged power given to politicians is seriously dangerous to our Country and us. I say, bring back the Royal’s as guardians of Great Britain.

  9. 9 Martin Brumby 29/04/2011 at 4:25 pm


    Duke & Duchess of Cambridge.

    Isn’t that in East Anglia?

    I’m sure it’s just a co-incidence.

    Note the date!
    “After meeting and greeting with the crowds the Prince spoke to the staff of Environmental Sciences about the important work they are doing with Climate Change and told them to keep up the good work!”

  10. 10 Fay Tuncay 29/04/2011 at 5:22 pm

    What a scuff-bag Sam Cameroon was! No hat! No jacket! She let British women down. No sense of a national occasions. I think she went to M&S!

    But on the plus side – how terrific that Blair and Brown were struck off the list.

  11. 11 13th spitfire 29/04/2011 at 8:35 pm

    Hmm forgive me for not joining the collective cynicism (today). It feels like Britain is slowly waking up to the vices of Whitehall and the EU. They see more virtues in home grown institutions and appear to have stopped crying murder whenever someones utters immigration. Flags, prior to today even, have become more prevalent without the usual taunts of ‘BNP’. All in all I think Britain can be great again and I think we are slowly crawling out of this pit of mediocrity and subservience.

  12. 12 kenomeat 29/04/2011 at 8:59 pm


    Regardless of the constitutional position, the Queen could have tackled Brown over Lisbon and threatened to reveal her position to the press. The public would have been on her side and it is more likely that the outcome would have been a premature end to the Brown government than an end to the monarchy. I hope I’m wrong, but as she apparently receives CAP money and other financial benefits from Brussels maybe she was more than happy to approve the signing of all those treaties.

  13. 13 tony 29/04/2011 at 10:18 pm

    Well put. “What oft was thought, but ne’er so well expressed”

  14. 14 paul 29/04/2011 at 10:28 pm

    In support of Katabasis. If I was the King of England and I had finally cottoned on that I had been signing English sovereignty over to an alien power, at some point I would just say no. They might pass the law, but how’s it going to look without my John Hancock on it? What if I continue to refuse to cooperate? Cue a constitutional crisis from which anything is possible. If I get enough support in Pariament for it, I’d dissolve it. Doesn’t the monarch command the armed forces after all?

    I am really sorry that there seems to be a blind spot with otherwise seemingly right thinking people when it comes to this Queen, and her heirs – they have given us more than enough evidence.

    Joe, its not really fair to blame ALL the British electorate for where we are. Most people are victims of a huge confidence trick. However, those who heard what the likes of David Cameron and Tony Blair said in plain English and knew what it would mean – BUT DENIED IT – they are fair game. Likewise, those who know what they should do now, but won’t change the way they vote merely for some superficial or habitual reason – they are fair game.

    I never voted for New Labour and I didn’t vote for David Cameron’s filthy traitors. I am NOT responsible for it.

  15. 15 Gordo 30/04/2011 at 8:03 am

    I’ve come to believe recently that its too late for Britain. This is a change of course for me as I was previously very Unionist and Loyalist.

    What does it mean to be British now? I can imagine Scottish, English, Irish and even Welsh, but the images that spring to mind for Britain are polluted with British Asian, Black British, Britain saving the world a la Brownhatter, Britain’s moral obligation to give aid to countries with aircraft carriers and space programmes, British ‘intervention’ in foreign hellholes and the British ‘tradition of tolerance’ aka masochism.

    Perhaps better we dump the UK. The peoples of that geographical entity; the British Isles, should co-operate as the Scandinavians do, but do it entirely from outside the EU. The empire is over, we should look after ourselves now.

  16. 16 Peter S 30/04/2011 at 1:36 pm

    Good article. I think Richard North missed a trick on the Royal Wedding. It would make more sense – strategically – to support powerful expressions of Britishness.

    I think Richard sometimes makes the mistake of using the Left as a model for the type of action he wishes to see. But that is to misunderstand one’s own constituency. British people DID rise up and take to the streets (or their TV sets) in their millions yesterday. But in a way that placed into a wonderfully stark contrast the riddled cynicism of the relatively tiny number of terminally disgruntled Leftists who usually rant their way into our news headlines.

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