Christmas pantomime a charming holiday tradition

Christmas pantomime a charming holiday traditionThe entertainment imperative trumps ‘authenticity’ every time People raised in North America aren’t usually exposed to the phenomenon of the Christmas pantomime. Some might even think it has something to do with mime, which it most assuredly doesn’t. But those who grew up in Britain or Ireland will have an entirely different perspective. Pantomime –…

Liz Truss’s stunning demise proves Brexit is not complete

The UK government will not be truly sovereign until it is able to recover its full monetary sovereignty

Liz Truss’s stunning demise proves Brexit is not completeWhatever you might think of events in the UK these past weeks, it’s clear that Brexit is far from complete: The government of the United Kingdom remains subject to the sovereign will of financial markets – the real power in Britain. Prime minister Liz Truss’s stunning demise demonstrates that, despite gaining significant political sovereignty in…

Battle of Agincourt one of the most famous battles in history

"We few, we happy few, we band of brothers"

Battle of Agincourt one of the most famous battles in historyWe few, we happy few, we band of brothers; For he today that sheds his blood with me Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile, This day shall gentle his condition; And gentlemen in England now-a-bed Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here, And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks That…

Trudeau can’t stop himself from embarrassing us

He dishonoured the Queen and her family during her funeral. Did he know he’d be filmed in this Canada’s Got No Talent debacle?

Trudeau can’t stop himself from embarrassing usThe latest theatre of the absurd from Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau has received mixed reviews. For reasons best known to himself and his circle of advisors, Trudeau thought it might be a swell idea on the eve of Queen Elizabeth’s funeral to go to the lobby bar in his swank five-star London hotel for…

Seeking truth is not a competition

CNN's Don Lemon got a history lesson on slavery recently. But it does not negate the need for the Royal Family to pay reparations

Seeking truth is not a competitionA very interesting video has gone viral that supposedly humiliates CNN reporter Don Lemon. Lemon is essentially a corporate mouthpiece, but this time he poses a legitimate question by asking a spokesperson for the British Crown about reparations for colonialism. He queries why some people remain obscenely wealthy in Great Britain while the vast majority…

Elizabeth II had the poise to navigate the cesspool of colonialism

The British Empire enslaved human beings, destroyed functioning states, destroyed economies, and imprisoned and killed countless people

Elizabeth II had the poise to navigate the cesspool of colonialismThe period of mourning after the death of Queen Elizabeth II was unprecedented. In my experience, the passing of an older person is followed by a celebration of life, where people gather to pay their respects and honour the positive legacy of a person who touched their lives. The legacy of the Queen was her…

Rest well, Queen Elizabeth II – and welcome, King Charles III

The way he has handled the transition could lead to his reign being an unexpectedly impressive one

Rest well, Queen Elizabeth II – and welcome, King Charles IIIThe magnificent celebration of the life of Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-serving monarch in British history, has come to an end. She arrived at her final resting place, St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, on Monday. Elizabeth was buried in the King George VI Memorial Chapel, which she had commissioned for her late father in…

Political orthodoxies are being challenged in Europe

From the UK to Sweden to Italy, progressive parties are losing ground

Political orthodoxies are being challenged in EuropeQueen Elizabeth II’s death may have consumed most of the oxygen over the past couple of weeks, but other interesting things are happening. Across the Atlantic, three (non-Ukraine) developments stand out. United Kingdom U.K. political governance has four great offices of state – prime minister, chancellor of the exchequer, foreign secretary and home secretary. And…

What Queen Elizabeth II meant to Canada

She’ll always be remembered fondly as an important part of the Canadian family

What Queen Elizabeth II meant to CanadaQueen Elizabeth II passed away on Sept. 8 at age 96. She was the longest-serving British monarch in history at 70 years, 214 days. For many people around the world, she was the only person who had ever sat on that throne in their lifetime. Elizabeth either witnessed or participated in many important events that…

What is the monarchy’s future in Canada?

Now that Queen Elizabeth II is gone

What is the monarchy’s future in Canada?Realistically, Queen Elizabeth II’s death at age 96 wasn’t a surprise. But it still came as a jolt, the impact being accentuated by the apparent suddenness of her final decline. For many, such as my Toronto-born wife, Elizabeth’s 70-year reign as Queen of Canada rendered her a benign presence who symbolized continuity in a changing…
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