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[+] HONOURING OUR HERO, LORD NELSON, ON THE BICENTENNIAL OF THE BATTLE OF TRAFALGAR (1805 - 2005)

[+] HONOURING OUR SONS, THE QUEEN'S COMMONWEALTH SOLDIERS KILLED IN THE 'WAR ON TERROR'

[+] HONOURING OUR VETS ON THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE VICTORIA CROSS (1856 - 2006)

Tuesday, November 28, 2006
The heart has reasons that reason cannot know

Australia's Professor David Flint, the head of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy, is coming out with a new book on the Queen (Her Majesty at 80), and one I will certainly look forward to acquiring once it's available. He is the leading public proponent in Australia for maintaining our shared Commonwealth sovereign, and so we naturally are honoured that he has noticed and commented on this blog in the past.

Tony Abbott, staunch monarchist and a minister in John Howard's government, reviews the book and concurs that the case for monarchy is strong, but much less frequently put as republicanism "as it relies on instincts that are deeply felt but not easy to justify in a relentlessly utilitarian age":

"The very idea of the monarchy offends people accustomed to think in aggressive slogans. It's "foreign", although that has never been held against other institutions to which great deference is offered (such as the United Nations). It's shared with other countries, but so is our language and no one (so far) wants to change that. It's hereditary (like looks, intelligence, aptitudes and even property). It embodies irksome notions of allegiance, duty and hierarchy (as if any society can exist without them)...

At the opening of the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne this year, young Harry White paid the Queen a simple but heartfelt 80th birthday tribute: "You have been the glue that held us all together in good times and bad times. The love and great affection that we all hold for you is spread across one-third of the world's population."

The monarchy is profoundly at odds with the spirit of this age (and gloriously impervious to the fads of all times), which is why contemporary intellectuals are republicans almost to a man and woman...[still] monarchy is unlikely to disappear while human beings retain their respect for order, continuity, ceremony and that which summons us to be our best selves."

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