June 4, 2012

The Britain We'd Feared We'd Lost

Melanie Phillips, Daily Mail

AP Photo

What a fantastic, glorious, emotional, quite overwhelming spectacle. It wasn’t just that it was flawlessly executed. It wasn’t just that, as billed in advance, it would provide a sight that people would never have seen before.  It was also a triumphant restatement and reaffirmation of a Britain that people love so deeply but which so many fear may have been lost for ever.  Well, here it was still, in all its touching magnificence.

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TAGGED: Elizabeth II, United Kingdom


May 28, 2012
Celebrate the Magna Carta Instead
Peter Wilby, The Guardian
The glossy newspaper supplements are out, the BBC (supposedly a hotbed of subversive lefties) is preparing wall-to-wall coverage, MPs are going on holiday for two weeks, the populace is ready to put out the flags and the picnic... more ››
May 28, 2012
Elizabeth II's Britain Outdoes Victoria's
Boris Johnson, Daily Telegraph
All eyes will focus on the magnificent 210ft Spirit of Chartwell, decorated with gilt and red velvet and boasting two tons of Grinling Gibbons-style carving of Old Father Thames and dolphins and whatnot; and I can... more ››