Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Guest Article: On the Trail of Empire By AB Royalist
For sadly after World War I, politicians in the various Dominions began a concerted effort to achieve full independence, while also downplaying their British ties in favor of a new artificial nationalism, and as the years passed renounced their Britishness altogether while retaining membership of that useless talk shop Commonwealth as a sop; and when I think about it these actions make me angry. For what the peoples of the Dominions forget, is that the very term 'British' was originally fostered as a way of binding together otherwise disparate peoples and nationalities, with a unity far greater and more glorious than what could be achieved on their own. This was first demonstrated during the Union of the Crowns, when Scotland and England entered into a personal union by sharing a common monarch, and a little later with the Act of Union of 1707. Consequently the inhabitants of the United Kingdom began thinking of themselves as English or Scottish first, and British second; and the creation of the Dominions merely extended the principle. For you could think of yourself as Canadian, Australian, or South African, while also being British.
The first step on this path would be to ditch the legacy of liberal, left-wing political correctness; namely the hushed and ashamed connotations surrounding the British Empire, by reverting the name of the 'Commonwealth' back to the 'British Commonwealth'. Secondly the piratically meaningless Commonwealth Citizenship should be scrapped, and replaced by a new British Citizenship which would actually be useful, while Britain would rename its British Citizenship to United Kingdom citizenship; both to avoid confusion and to emphasize both the real dual nature and international scope of the word British.
Thirdly Britain and Ireland need to realize they have nothing in common with the rest of Europe and it would be far better for them to leave the European Union asap, and direct their trade, energy and focus on the Dominions and their other Commonwealth brethren, with whom they share far more in common. This of course means the Irish need to swallow a little dose of pride, get over the whole Easter Rising thing which happened long enough ago to be water under the bridge; and stop getting hung up over Northern Ireland. Yes I know partition sucks, and believe me both myself and my fellow Brits would love to get shot of Northern Ireland, however if Irish Nationalists started reproducing more than the Unionists then the problem will take care of itself, just saying... Now where was I? Ah yes, the fact is that my Irish brethren and fellow British countrymen need to realize that it would be far better being members of an alliance of sovereign independent British Commonwealth states, than continue the insidious, national soul destroying rule of Brussels.
Finally many of these countries should get off their republican high horse, and embrace the monarchy anew in places like Australia and New Zealand, or restore it in places like Ireland, South Africa and India. I'm not picky if these republican countries either adopt the British monarch as their own monarch again, or have a separate monarch for themselves like Tonga has, just as long as they ditch their failed republican systems. For only a monarch can reign and govern independently of any corporation, special interest group, lobby or association (to whom republican leaders and politicians are really beholden to, not the people...); while serving as a focal point of national and international unity. Consequently I say Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, should be upgraded from boring and useless title of 'Head of the Commonwealth' to 'Empress of the British Commonwealth', which in addition to being far more regal, dignified, and glorious; would actually be worth something! Of course I'm not suggesting that monarchs in places like Tonga or Malaysia be subordinate to the Queen, but that she would essentially be first among equals with greater respect and honour shown to Her Majesty when visiting these places, by virtue of the ancient legacy of her Crown from whom all their concepts of national liberty sprung forth.
This only by banding together in this way can the nations of the British Commonwealth truly arise again to something far more greater and glorious, than the sum of their parts...