On this day a year ago
Thoughts for today
She should have died hereafter;[Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act 5, Scene 5]
There would have been a time for such a word.
To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
To the last syllable of recorded time,
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
I have seen a few comments on Twitter, mostly from the sort of people who are now quite often in evidence in England, for example from one well-known pro-Labour (Corbyn-Labour, lesbian, and half-caste) activist, to the effect that the death of Queen Elizabeth is of no importance, and that people should focus on energy prices, low pay, inadequate State benefits etc. I disagree.
The death of even one person has meaning, and when the death is that of a truly global figure such as Queen Elizabeth, the State and the society of —in this case— England and Britain is shaken to the core, no matter what else, even of great importance, is happening at or around the same time.
It is not a matter of whether one is a monarchist or not. I myself am not —as such— a monarchist or royalist, and believe that different socio-political arrangements fit national requirements at different times. Neither of my parents was royalist and, in the early 1960s, the royals (mainly the Queen herself, and the Queen Mother), were only glimpsed (by my own family) from afar, both on the TV and at the racecourse (Ascot, Newbury and, occasionally but later, in the early 1970s, Windsor).
All the same, for an Englishman such as myself, born in 1956, only a few years after the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth, her presence, even though experienced mainly on television or in the Press, has been part of the backdrop for my own life, and the lives of others of my generation, whether we like it or not.
As a person usually described as “social nationalist”, though others say some variety of “national socialist”, and even (per the Dowager Lady Birdwood, circa 1975), “national bolshevik“, I cannot but wonder whether all the inhabitants of these islands are affected similarly by this momentous and very recent event.
While I have met blacks (West Indians and a few others) who were both royalist and also had quasi-patriotic feelings about the UK, my impression is that the bulk of the “blacks and browns” (and other such as Chinese) now in the UK have no such feeling or sentiment.
The young Jamaicans, or other West Indies-origined, of the inner cities, the hordes of more recent Chinese immigrants who have flooded the UK (especially though not exclusively in London and the south of England), the Pakistanis and other Muslims, the fake or other “refugees” of various kinds (eg the recent though smallish Ukrainian or supposedly Ukrainian influx) have no sentiment toward either this country or the Monarchy. To them, even those born here, Britain is a place to live in, benefit from, in some cases work in or make money in. A mere geographic space. Most of them have no patriotic feeling, no knowledge of our history, no real connection at all. They are just…here.
I am talking not about politics, or policy, or power, but of
“This royal throne of kings, this scepter’d isle,
This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,
This other Eden, demi-paradise,
This fortress built by Nature for herself
Against infection and the hand of war,
This happy breed of men, this little world,
This precious stone set in the silver sea,
Which serves it in the office of a wall
Or as a moat defensive to a house,
Against the envy of less happier lands,–
This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England“
[Shakespeare, Richard II] [https://interestingliterature.com/2019/12/analysis-john-of-gaunt-this-sceptred-isle-speech/].
There is also an age-demographical point here. The younger English too (and Welsh and Scottish) people around, particularly those aged maybe up to 35, are often emotionally distant not only from the Monarchy, but also from the race and nation.
You see msm vox pop, or Twitter, comments, or appearances on TV quiz shows, from those broadly “young”, let us say 18-30, which are so lacking in basic knowledge of England’s (and the world’s) history etc that those talking might as well have just arrived from Mars.
For many of the “young”, the members of the Royal Family are, as I have blogged in the past, basically denizens of the empty and stupid milieu of supposed “celebrity”, not essentially different from the casts of The Only Way is Essex, Made in Chelsea, or whatever else of a similar nature.
Indeed, with the marriage of “The Harry formerly known as Prince” and “the Royal Mulatta” (Harry and Meghan of that ilk), the two previously acquainted but once very different worlds of British Monarchy and “celebrity culture” have collided, with disastrous results, even so far.
As I have blogged on one or two previous occasions, it is not only the British population that has changed; so have “the royals”.
Whatever one may have thought of the late Queen and Prince Philip, they were traditionally and unmistakeably royal. They could never have been mistaken for “the common people”, not even the most ultra-wealthy “commoners”. They would certainly never have been mistaken for members of the suburban middle classes, or the working class or classes.
It can be seen that that unmistakeable “royality” slid somewhat in the generation of Charles, Anne, Andrew, and Edward. The younger two, Andrew and Edward (born 1960 and 1964), in particular, might be considered similar, at least in some respects, to their neighbours in suburban or semi-rural Surrey or Berkshire. Think of Andrew and “Fergie”, living in their sprawling villa, the so-called “South York”; Edward wanting to run a theatre company; Edward’s wife carrying on (until it became an embarrassment) with her public relations enterprise.
That’s before we even get into the various sex scandals and rumours. I blogged three years ago (with updates) about Andrew’s egregious behaviour: https://ianrobertmillard.org/2019/08/11/the-jew-epstein-and-prince-andrew-the-british-royal-family-has-another-scandal-maybe-its-time-to-just-get-rid-of-them/.
Of course, there have been many other scandals and, most recently, the scurrilous rumours about the next generation, mostly about Prince William.
While the Andrew/Edward generation could be said to be not far, in terms of lifestyle, from the very wealthy of the Home Counties, the William and Harry generation are not so far in attitude and lifestyle from quite ordinary, albeit very wealthy, commoners of their own age. If “Fergie’s” parents were an Army major and a mother, as “Fergie” has said, “from country gentry with a bit of old money“, Kate Middleton’s parents’ origins are that the father, though from a wealthy background (and later wealthy in his own right, via business), worked as a flight dispatcher, while Kate’s mother had been an air hostess.
Subtle differences but, over three generations making, overall, a big difference.
So now we have King Charles III, whom I regard as a basically well-meaning but also incredibly self-absorbed person who is more “at sea” ideologically and/or intellectually than most people think; perhaps more than he himself thinks.
Regular readers of the blog may recall that I blogged once or twice about how I met with and very briefly (a few minutes) talked with the then Prince Charles in late 1996, when I was invited to a royal reception (about 25-30 people) held at the official Residence (not the Embassy) of the British Ambassador in Almaty, then the capital of Kazakhstan.
The new King is 73, and will be 74 in November.
As for the next generation, I once described Princes William and Harry as “tame thick princelings“, signed up to what people now call a “woke” agenda, and I see no reason, several years on, to change that view.
The late Queen was an anchoring presence, not only in what she did but in what she was.
Without necessarily endorsing the following view, it can be said that Queen Elizabeth personified the idea that a monarch, at best, holds a nation together. Britain’s problem now is that it is rapidly ceasing to actually be a nation. It is more like a geographical space within which reside a number of interpenetrating racial, national, social and economic, and ideological, tribes, many of which dislike, or even despise and hate, each other.
I saw this very worthy historical blog and travelogue about the Thames, “that silver thread that runs through England’s history” as someone may have called it (Churchill called it “the golden thread through our nation’s tapestry“): https://thames.me.uk/Thames1891.htm.
Interesting, I think, not only for those who, like me, spent some of their young teenage years rowing on it.
“Professor” Uju Anya? What is wrong in American academia that a ridiculous monkey like that gets and/or keeps such a position?
In fact, she is an associate professor: https://www.cmu.edu/dietrich/modlang/about-us/filter/faculty/uju-anya.html
Another useless and malicious idiot, hostile to European culture and civilization (without which he would be living in a mud hut).
I believe in free speech, but I do not believe that such a person as this Uju Anya idiot should anyway be taken seriously enough to hold an academic post at a well-known American university.
American academia is very sick, largely because of this sort of nonsense. The usual suspects (((them))) are behind much of it, pulling the strings. The black “academics” (usually retailing pseudo-academic nonsense) are, to a great extent, just the puppets.
Unless America can recover its ethnic white European identity, it is doomed. There needs to be a reset of the white/non-white population-proportion in the USA, getting back to the ~90% white America of the 1920s.
Apart from which, there are times when a decent reserve is the right persona, and when nasty and tasteless jeering is not the right persona.
For me, the main point is that the tasteless minority pretending to celebrate the death of the late Queen (and a few even hoping, on Twitter etc, that that death was painful) are not only celebrating the death of Elizabeth II, but are also —and in fact primarily— making a truly evil attack on the British people, on our history, on our now-disappeared Empire, on our culture, on our (and all European) culture, and on the overall European way of life. That is why they should all be deported, exiled, or eliminated.
More tweets seen
…and despite that, Jew-lobby puppet Keir Starmer and his deputy, thick-as-two-short-planks Angela Rayner went down on their knees in fealty to the “BLM” “Black Lives Matter” idiocy, as did many others, including members of this country’s police, while on duty at that.
That, of course, was before the transnational conspiracy put up other idols for the unthinking to worship: first the “Covid” “panicdemic”/”scamdemic”, and now the present nonsense about Britain’s (non-existent) “need” to “support” the Jew dictator Zelensky and his corrupt and antidemocratic cabal in Ukraine.
The tweets and retweets of the tweeter @DwayneDavidPaul (click below) are instructive. Monkeys like that can only just about live, parasitically, in a civilized society or culture; they could never create one, not in a million years:
That last is “Yale Divinity School”!
The limited Kiev-regime counter-offensive in the south of Ukraine (Kherson area) was joined by another limited counter-offensive in the north-east, in the Kharkov area. Now, however, Russian missile strikes have hit a number of cities.
If accurate (the tweeters plainly both being pro the Kiev regime), the tweet immediately below shows a situation not good for the Russian side:
As for the tweet immediately below here, its judgment would be more convincing had the Kiev regime not been shelling and rocketing the population of parts of the Donbass for about 8 years…
If Russian forces are seriously pushed back on a consistent basis, and if the outcome of this war is in the balance, we can expect to see a massive escalation of force from the Russian side.
Late tweets seen
I was unaware of that (that it was in Hitchens’ book).
I blogged about that situation nearly 4 years ago, but it has now progressed (degenerated) to a point of utter ludicrousness: https://ianrobertmillard.org/2018/12/10/tv-ads-and-soaps-are-the-propaganda-preferred-by-the-system-in-the-uk/.
As blogged many times, Ukraine is a new-ish state (1990s), a failed state, and a shambolic kleptocracy run by a pack of Jew billionaires (like Zelensky, who owns several luxury homes including one in Florida worth USD $40 million).
The Zelensky regime shoots its opponents both in secret and in the street, has banned opposition parties, banned trade unions, and arrested prominent opposition politicians.
Liz Truss wants to waste many billions more of UK taxpayers’ money on the criminal Kiev regime, as did “Boris”-idiot.
Yes. One feels the “calm before the storm”…