How on earth can people complain and complain and moan and groan about how terrible their elected leaders are and then still support making the House of Lords electoral?previous
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Today, God help me, there is a Starbucks inside the Forbidden City. In many ways, I think that says it all. China has been one hundred years without an emperor. I hope the stooges in Peking are proud.Writes Pax Dickinson:
Mass democracy would work if we had an informed responsible electorate, and communism would work if we were ants. But let's be realistic.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Apparently, the right to vote is a human right, even for serving prisoners.
The Daily Telegraph reports that the United Kingdom is digesting a recent ruling from the European Court of Human Rights on this issue.
H/T: Ad Orientem
Sunday, May 27, 2012
This month marked the centennial of the passing of an amendment to the federal Constitution of those United States in a chamber of Congress.
A century and two weeks today, the United States House of Representatives passed Amendment XVII to the United States Constitution, rendering mandatory for the States popular election of United States Senators.
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Mr. Rod Dreher reflects on the debate on same-sex “marriage” at the BBC.
He also has some related posts at his blog at the American Conservative (a selection):
- With Marriage Defenders Like These…
- My Disarmingly Polite Correspondents
- Gay Marriage Canards
- Why SSM Is Not ‘Loving’
- Gay Marriage, In Context
- Goodbye, Pro-Gay Young Christians?
- Some Burkean Thoughts on SSM
- MTD and Same-Sex Marriage
And Mr. Richard Spencer and Mr. Andy Nowicki talk about the craze over at AltRight Radio.
Also, over at the Daily Mail, Dr. Thomas Fleming gives his thoughts.
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Friday, May 18, 2012
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Monday, May 14, 2012
Sunday, May 13, 2012
The last surviving great-grandchild of Her Late Britannic Majesty Queen Victoria, Count Carl Johan Bernadotte passed on previously this month. So did Emmanuelle de Dampierre, Duchess of Segovia.
Requiescat in pace!
Elsewhere: Royal World (Duchess), Sunday Telegraph (Count), Royal World (Count), Trond Norén Isaksen (Count)
Saturday, May 12, 2012
This Thursday, Gunnar Sønsteby, Norway's greatest war hero, passed on. He was the country's highest decorated citizen. He led the bodyguard service for the Norwegian Royal Family after its return to Norway in 1945. He was the best man of Erling S. Lorentzen when the latter married Princess Ragnhild.
Requiescat in pace!
Elsewhere: Trond Norén Isaksen
Apparently, the initiative for a referendum on the right to deny assent to referenda in the Principality of Liechtenstein has succeeded. Liechtensteiner Vaterland reports (in German) that there are 1732 signatories. The initiative apparently does not involve the right to deny assent to issues not put to a referendum.
Your host blogger wishes the referendum to fail.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Monday, May 7, 2012
His Majesty the King of Norway gives comments (video, in Norwegian) to the sudden passing of elite swimmer Mr. Alexander Dale Oen.
The Crown Prince also gave his comments last week, as the weblog Scandinavian Royals reports.
Some readers may be puzzled as to the reason for this post. It is in part due to yours truly being a former competitive swimmer. Yours truly joins in the expression of sympathy.
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Some more quotes on democracy from April.
Vox Populi says:
What we're seeing here is the last desperate gasps of democracy as the new aristocratic age struggles to be born.Over at the blog of the Libertarian Alliance, D.J. Webb wrote:
Accountable government is not the same as democratic government. We have seen in recent years how we are still able to vote for governing parties, and yet still see the business of government largely conducted behind closed doors in Brussels and in Whitehall. The democratic electoral mechanism is still in place, but it doesn’t appear to make any difference any more. The reverse could also be true: a government could be accountable, while not being fully democratic.
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Not too long ago LewRockwell.com ran some blog posts and articles on the drive for a cashless society: