Post by The Tipsy Broker on May 1, 2011 3:21:23 GMT -6
Friday's Royal parade was a dying gasp for the Monarchy, not a new beginning. This isn’t wishful thinking. I want the Crown to survive. But I do not think it can do so in a modern Britain that has turned its back on the ideas and habits that make a Monarchy possible.
Almost everything about the day was false, and wherever it touched reality it was worrying rather than reassuring. The Royal cars trailed to Westminster Abbey between motorcycle outriders with flashing blue lights and Range Rovers crammed with bodyguards.
On the way back, the Life Guards (trained killers to a man) for some reason had to be escorted down the road by mounted police. Even Majesty must now be governed and pestered by the twin menaces of ‘security’ and ‘health and safety’. The police, for once looking like servants of the people in their tunics and helmets, only reminded us how many of them there are and how rarely we see them, and also that on all other days of the year they slouch about in flat caps and stab vests. The Edwardian braid and sashes worn by Princes and Dukes emphasised that our Armed Forces are shrunken remnants – lots of big hats, not many planes, ships or soldiers. Never have they looked so laughably Ruritanian.
Inside the Abbey, it was obvious that most of those present, though they are our educated elite, feel awkward in church and do not know the words of what were once familiar hymns. And even on the 400th anniversary of the majestic, poetic and powerful King James Bible, we had to endure a lesson (sorry, a reading) from some flabby modern version.
The marriage service was, as it almost always is, tamed to remove the really dangerous, subversive bits. What? A wife obey her husband? He’ll be calling her ‘dear’ next. But then again, this husband didn’t promise to endow his wife with all his worldly goods, only to share them, nor to worship her with his body. The blunt statement that the first purpose of marriage is the procreation of children was censored, too. The fierce condemnation of men who behave towards women ‘like brute beasts that have no understanding’ was also left out. I should have thought it was needed now more than ever, given the way so many much-admired celebrities regularly act.
If you go back to the present Queen’s Coronation service in 1953, you will find it was a profoundly British occasion – a -celebration, reaching back far into the past, of our long and happy sovereignty over ourselves. It was also a straightforwardly Protestant Christian ceremony, based on ideas of self-discipline and self-restraint that we have entirely abandoned in the years since. The two things are completely bound together. You cannot remain free unless you can govern yourself.
When the day comes for our next Monarch to be crowned, we will no doubt put on an excellent show for the tourists. But political correctness, equality, diversity and the overwhelming fear of giving offence – and the fact that these days we prefer to do what we like rather than what we know to be good – will ensure that it will lack the heart and meaning it had in 1953. And my guess is that it will be the last time we try.
Peter Hitchens blog
Edit to add ~ Im starting to think Peter is just trolling everyone
And in 1921 theWEmpire was at its highest, it was 26% of the world over 500,000,000 people and at least 14 religions. It was an Empire where the sun never set/,and it ruled land,marks like the Pyramids, Gibraltar, Victorua Falls, Taj Mahal and Niagara Falls. But it was too expensive to own all the colonies so we left (never beaten) but a lot of them are still members of the British Commonwealth.
Tracy: Not losing interest,,,just busy with life. :-)
Sept 23, 2016 8:25:16 GMT -6
Potassium_Pixie: I fear what this means for Capital Punishment if most forums are circling the drain.
Sept 24, 2016 23:32:30 GMT -6
fuglyville: With 39, 35 and 28 executions for the last 3 years the DP trend is looking pretty good. If it continues this way, we may actually see the DP come to an end in a few years. Fear not, there's always other things to fight for.
Sept 27, 2016 11:40:11 GMT -6
Potassium_Pixie: Donald Trump is president. I hope he supports the DP and does whatever he can to keep it alive.
Nov 9, 2016 16:25:34 GMT -6
fuglyville: I hope the death penalty system dies peacefully as soon as possible, with or without his consent. The tide is definitely turning against it, but it needs to end - and it should have ended years ago.
Nov 23, 2016 18:08:49 GMT -6
whitediamonds: The DP is used criminally against innocents of society far too long & too many. They suffered death, not by peaceful means or methods. The DP needs as already stated to be kept alive.
Dec 30, 2016 10:58:11 GMT -6
starbux: @potassium_Pixie Hopefully DT will sign the death warrants for several inmates who have been waiting to get their needle
Mar 4, 2017 13:41:58 GMT -6
nykkic: I think I'm still opposed to the DP .. but at the same time I can see why it might be necessary for certain crimes.. I don't have to like it but I've come to respect it
Jun 7, 2017 15:35:38 GMT -6
john - uk: Merry Christmas everyone
Dec 22, 2017 7:17:56 GMT -6
arizonavet: It (the death penalty) has saved many lives of innocent people nykkic.
Apr 15, 2018 15:59:55 GMT -6
donji: If murderers would agree to murder humanly maybe we could work something out! If with malice and forethought you take a life you should forfit your life.
Aug 30, 2018 19:05:34 GMT -6
donji: Did he say the family of mr. trump!
Aug 30, 2018 19:07:34 GMT -6
donji: Saw the whole video i'm assuming the anti dp folks wanted to dramatize,and overstress the poor muderers pain.The only queston should be was the sentence carried out?
Aug 30, 2018 19:13:31 GMT -6