The future’s Georgian. But some people seem to have confused the nation’s celebrations at the birth of His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge with slavish adulation at the feet of royal power. Such claims make for good Twitter polemics, but little historical sense. The British are, after all, blessed with both an ancient monarchy and ancient liberties. The idea that our freedom requires an empty throne is foreign here. Continue reading
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Flurries of rain did not daunt the gathering crowd outside St Paul’s cathedral yesterday, busy swapping tales of the journeys they had taken to pay their final respects to Baroness Thatcher.
“I got up at three,” said one man. “My grandfather wasn’t well enough, but we agreed I had to go.” Others had camped all night, clutching bowler hats, union flags and, in one case, a biography of Henry Kissinger, huddled together in a line of sleeping bags to guarantee the very best positions. Continue reading
ONE of the most extraordinary images of the week was a display of militarised toothpaste tubes at a Nanjing supermarket. Beneath the Chinese flag, the green boxes were artfully arranged into the shape of an artillery gun, with an uncompromising slogan – “The Daioyu islands belong to China!” – between its wheels. The combination of everyday setting and violent sentiment did not seem rare, as the dispute over the islands, also known as Senkaku, swelled in China. Smiling employees at a car dealership held up a banner saying: “We will kill every Japanese person even if it means deaths for our own.” Japanese shops were attacked, Japanese cars were burned on the streets and major firms, including Canon and Panasonic, were forced to suspend operations on the Chinese mainland. Continue reading