The Battle for Britain

LONDON, UK – CIRCA JUNE 2017: Statue of Boadicea Boudicca Queen of the Iceni who died AD 61 after leading her people against the Roman invaders (high dynamic range)

Some of you may wonder why we speak so much here about Brexit. After all, this is primarily an American blog. Well part of the reason is President Trump, for the moment he’s doing a superlative job for us, and so other than laughing at the deranged Progressives (yes, I repeat myself) there really isn’t too much to say. A nice change, isn’t it? Yes, there are things he could improve on, such as China, perhaps, but overall, there’s little to complain about.

Britain is a different case. After the people clearly stated that they wanted to preserve British sovereignty and leave the European Union, they have met a wall of resistance from their own government, including elected officials, the bureaucracy, and the rent-seeking corporatists.

It’s a battle for the Britain which led the world into ordered liberty, the land of Locke, of Burke, of Nelson and Wellington, and yes, of Churchill and Thatcher. It’s also an existential battle, one that must be won, or the British government will lose all legitimacy. As usual, Melanie Philips put the issues squarely and well here.

[…]Westminster is currently heaving with plots aimed at reversing the 2016 referendum result – while purporting to honor it. So MPs are coming up with demands to delay the legal date for the UK’s departure, demands for a second referendum, demands for “compromise” departure terms that are, in effect, forms of Remain.

This is all to break what is widely reported as the parliamentary “deadlock” over the issue. But there’s no deadlock. The legally binding default position is that if no deal with the EU is struck, Britain will leave on March 29 without a deal.

This is enshrined in an act of parliament passed last year. So the way forward is in fact very clear. The problem is that MPs who passed this act of parliament now want to dump it. They claim that leaving with no deal is out of the question because it would plunge Britain into chaos and ruin.

Britain has been subjected to a blizzard of scare stories about starving to death, running out of medicines or being unable to fly to Europe if it leaves with no deal.

These are ludicrous exaggerations. Much more to the point, the EU itself has far too much to lose from having no deal. But it will only do a deal on Britain’s terms if its own back is to the wall. In other words, leaving with no deal is essential to get the deal that Britain wants.

Yet instead of helping bring that about, Remainer MPs are spitting in the eye of democracy by seeking to reverse the referendum result, thus setting parliament against the people. Why?

At the core of much Remain thinking lies a profound indifference toward or even contempt for the very idea of a sovereign nation. For people who take pride in their cosmopolitanism and who regard national ties as a form of bigoted atavism, democracy can be endlessly reinvented in their own image.

Such Remainers thus grossly underrated the depth of feeling behind the vote for Brexit because they grossly underrate Britain itself.

Britain is a very special country; which is why it’s the one country to leave the EU. The countries of mainland Europe, with their long histories of mutual invasion, permeable borders, shifting national boundaries and attachments to democracy that are fitful and tenuous, have a shallow understanding of national identity.

By contrast, Britain is an island nation with an unequivocally distinct and separate identity. It hasn’t been invaded for 1,000 years and has consistently repelled attackers from across the seas.

This history has created its national character: independent of mind, stoic under pressure, opposed to extremism but ferocious in defense of its liberties and very, very averse to being bullied or told what to do.

This is why Britain was the cradle of political liberty. And this is why it voted to leave the EU – because despite the cultural demoralization of its post-war elites which took it into the European project in 1973, it still knows itself to be special.

There are three nations which have this view of themselves as being uniquely blessed: Britain, America and Israel. All have played an outsized role in bringing the benefits of civilization to the world.

Yes, all have had their faults. The British Empire had episodes of great cruelty; America had vicious racial prejudice; Israel’s political system is corrupt and dysfunctional.

All three countries, however, are beset from within by an intelligentsia determined to distort their nation’s history, exaggerate its failings and prove it was born in original sin.

A nation cannot be defended unless its people love and admire it, and unless it is led by men and women who acknowledge it for what it is rather than what they want it to be.

People look for leaders who will defend their way of life, promote the historic culture that binds their society together into a nation they can call their own, and take all necessary measures to keep it safe and inviolate.

The failure by the political establishment to deliver that led directly to the Brexit vote, the election of US President Donald Trump and, in Israel, to the destruction of the Left as a political force.

Read it all, and you will likely have more understanding of why so many Americans, here in a country created by British liberty, are so fierce in our support of our cousins. Once again, as in 1940 and in 1916, and in 1805 they fight a battle that we both have and will have to again fight. I think they’ll win, but if they don’t things will be very dark in Europe.

I’m reminded of this, by A. P. Herbert.

Boadicea from the Bridge looked down,
And saw the Yankee tanks invade the town.
Boadicea held her head more high
To hail the Sherman and the proud G.I.
‘Eyes right!’ she said. ‘Fine fellows though you are,
You’re not the first to drive an armoured car.
Halt, soldiers, halt! For here is one can tell
A tale of fighting chariots as well.
Look up, brave girls. In a.d. 61
I led the lads, and saw the Roman run.
God speed you too against an alien mob:
God bless you all for joining in the job.
By Grant! By Sherman!’ said the queen of queens.
I wish I’d had such men, and such machines.’

They passed. And Parliament, across the way,
Discussed the principle of equal pay

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10 Responses to The Battle for Britain

  1. Yes there’s lots going on here but we have much prophetic encouragement, as you may note from my blog. In particular, last week I noted items from two American’s on Big Ben, two of which have already been fulfilled (See https://richards-watch.org/2019/01/16/cartoonist-matt-reminds-me-of-an-americans-dreams-and-visions-of-big-ben/)

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    • the unit says:

      Visited your site Mr. Barker. Interesting read. Prophecy, I don’t know? We see the pecking (sledge hammers) at freedom here and there for sure.
      Looks like y’all got your BBDS…Big Ben Derangement Syndrome to do art of the deal with. 🙂

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      • NEO says:

        Somebody in their government needs to read that book, and recognize that they work for the people. 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          Yeah, my Cooper ancestors were watchmakers. Granddad, father, and uncle took care of hanging corner clock on bank in three different towns. Maybe before them one serviced Big Ben.
          Oh and they were gunsmiths in America, working for the people. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          Not unusual, a lot of watchmakers ended up gunsmiths. The work is actually rather similar. 🙂

          Hardly any watchmakers (even to fix them left now. Sad! 😦

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        • the unit says:

          Yeah, local fellow works at Sears fixed my John Alden, which worked fine ’til I dropped it on tile floor. 🙂
          Got a few more vintage one’s probably should get fixed that been in Dad’s work bench now since he retired in ’65. And they older than that.
          Yep, we all got to find our notch in life… and keep our hammer notch ship shape. 🙂
          https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSmzKg5HZh0LIrj_7dU_6CdW1mRBfFcFYrMmEff9odgGeKguwpyW2qAog

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        • NEO says:

          Yep, sure do. 🙂

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      • Thought you may have been cynically referring to folks’ gifting, but that’s an apt description of the parliamentary derangement going on here, as in the cartoon featured in my latest. That one’s about what a sister in Ulster saw last June and then ‘heard’ about the spirit of Herod sneaking into Parliament like a fox getting in a hen-coop to destroy and wreak havoc!
        This prophecy got confirmed a few days later in a press scoop about the culprit having secretly met EU officials in London – later, a headline referred to EU-Remainers being ‘out-foxed’!!

        However, the situation has deteriorated because the ‘hens’ are too chicken to do anything!

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  2. Pingback: Biblical precedent relating to Britain’s constitutional crisis | Richard's Watch

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