Saturday 10 September 2022


"A man's reaction to Monarchy is a kind of test. Monarchy can easily be "debunked"; but watch the faces, mark well the accents, of the debunkers. These are the men whose tap-root in Eden has been cut: whom no rumour of the polyphony, the dance, can reach—men to whom pebbles laid in a row are more beautiful than an arch. Yet even if they desire mere equality they cannot reach it. Where men are forbidden to honour a king they honour millionaires, athletes, or film-stars instead: even famous prostitutes or gangsters." (C.S. Lewis, “Equality”)

I never imagined that the former Prince of Wales could inspire such feelings of loyalty and affection in me. God save the King.

In the conjunction of Truss and Charles III, we have the most Manchester liberal of all Tory liberals, and the most deeply, mystically conservative, lover of every field and hedgerow King in many years. God grant that an unpopular PM leans on the advice of our oldest institution. [I am not sure about that. The Prince has shown signs of being Woke, as has the new Prince of Wales.]

An ethnic Russian bricklayer whom I met in Estonia in 2006 told me that the Third World War had already began. Someone else told me that this remark was often said in Russia. He looks prescient. This was two years before George W. Bush at the NATO conference in Bucharest said he would press for Ukraine and Georgia to join the alliance.

"The chief contribution of Protestantism to human thought is its massive proof that God is a bore." (H.L. Mencken.) Almost right. Protestantism has persuaded people that He is a bore. You see how boring Protestantism makes religion when you live in a deeply religious Orthodox country like Romania.

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