For the lost Labour seats of the Red Wall, Labour is simply still the party of Britain-bashing and university Marxists.
Posts Tagged: Duke of Edinburgh
Daniel Hannan: A tribute to Jens-Peter Bonde. A devastatingly able campaigner and giant of the Eurosceptic movement.
Thoughtful, polite and Left-of-Centre, he was the Eurosceptic whom federalists found it hardest to dislike.
Andrew Gimson’s Commons sketch: MPs find more to say about the Duke because he did not always play it safe
The Prime Minister described, with relish, Prince Philip’s ability to drive “a coach and horses through the finer points of diplomatic protocol”.
“He put his life towards ensuring the success of his wife…may he rest in peace and rise in glory”.
“He’s been there – a symbol of the nation we hope to be at our best. A source of stability. A rock.”
A “unique and idiosynchratic silhouette” – the Duke’s work in designing his funeral vehicle is compared to his work in modernising the monarchy.
“He was, without doubt, the father of the nation. He will surely be missed and impossible to replace.”
Bagehot’s purely dignified role for the monarchy only works if tireless duty and service are at its heart – as in this case.
If he isn’t the sort of person we should be erecting statues to, then it’s time to do away with statues altogether.
Sarah Ingham: We might have had a Juan Carlos or an Ernst August. Instead, we’ve had the Queen – and the Duke.
She has lost a beloved husband and the country has lost one of the most admirable public servants in its history.
“We’re so deeply touched by the number of other people…who also share our loss and our sorrow.”
In looking to the monarchy’s future, we follow in his footsteps. He was its original moderniser in our times.
William Shawcross: ‘Grief is the price we must pay for love’, as the Queen said. How much she will feel that now.
Far from being a reactionary as sometimes caricatured, he was always compassionate and open-minded, as well as brave.
That sorrow, more profound than many people had expected, is a measure of the affection and respect in which he was held.
WATCH: Johnson – “Like the expert carriage driver that he was, he helped to steer the royal family and the monarchy”
The Prime Minister’s tribute outside Downing Street to the Duke of Edinburgh, who has died at the age of 99.