A right royal own goal

Jun 10, 2021 by

by Melanie Phillips: From dreaming spire to football pitch, muddled folk are losing the cultural plot. Yet another academic institution has revealed the alarming erosion of its students’ capacity to think intelligently and their corresponding eagerness to replace evidence by propaganda. The “middle common room” (MCR) at Magdalen college, Oxford, which serves the college’s graduate students, has decided to remove a colourised print of a 1952 portrait of the Queen, which has hung on its walls...

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It’s the Queen or tyranny

Apr 21, 2021 by

by Mary Harrington, UnHerd: […]  And yet despite the dignified pathos of last Saturday, we can be sure that some will celebrate the Queen’s birthday by calling for her deposition. For many progressives view the Queen as an unacceptable relic of the past. Never mind personal travails; monarchy, they say, is undemocratic, even if the Queen never wields her power. We should have an elected head of state. But far from being a relic of despotism, constitutional monarchy is our best protection...

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Covid Prayer Notes and the Queen

Apr 20, 2021 by

by David Robertson, theweeflea: Here are this weeks prayer notes (I prepare them very week for the Christians United ‘Call to Prayer)  It strikes me that all the promises about society getting back to normal because of the vaccine are coming unstuck.  The world has just had the worst week for Covid infections, the UK is progressing but staying with some draconian restrictions, and Australia has decided to turn itself into a giant prison – apparently, the policy is that we won’t be let out...

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Philip and the lost Age of Fortitude

Apr 17, 2021 by

by Francis Phillips, The Conservative Woman: AT THE conclusion of his sonnet On the Extinction of the Venetian Republic, Wordsworth writes, ‘Men are we, and must grieve when even the Shade/Of that which once was great is passed away.’ Often only poetry finds the right words for historic events and the death of the Duke of Edinburgh at the age of 99 is one such occasion. There has been enormous public and media response to his death, almost as if Prince Philip had to die before they could begin...

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A word about Prince Philip and religion

Apr 15, 2021 by

by Charles Moore, Spectator: […] …here is a word about Prince Philip and religion. As a boy at Eton from 1969, I was invited to conferences at St George’s House, Windsor. These had been established by the Duke in 1966. They examined religious issues from a non-denominational point of view and attracted distinguished thinkers. They were open-minded and quite groovy. I recall a clergyman playing and expounding Leonard Cohen’s ‘Suzanne’ to us. Perhaps Prince Philip liked its line: ‘He...

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A tribute to Prince Philip

Apr 11, 2021 by

by Gavin Ashenden: I grew up hearing stories about 1stLieutenant Phillip from my father who was the 2nd lieutenant on the bridge of the Flower class Corvette where they served together. In those days, ‘Philip’ was a penniless émigré fighting the Nazis on the high seas. When he married Princess Elizabeth he had to undergo the most profound transition of role and character. Naturally exuberant, independent, competent, opinionated and dynamic he had to find the strength of character to inhabit...

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