Just as they had with Joe Chamberlain before him, the Tory leadership wooed Lloyd George to fatally fracture the Liberal Party.
Posts Tagged: First World War
Terry Barnes: From the Anglosphere, we watch with horror as Britain bungles its Brexit chance to go global
British politicians are negotiating as if it were 410 AD, and still the Roman province of Britannia, asking permission to leave instead of flourishing a mandate to do so.
Bill Cash: The EU Withdrawal Bill. No Conservative colleague should defy the will of the people next week.
The referendum transferred from MPs themselves the decision as to whether to remain in or leave the EU and – with it, to regain our freedom to make our own laws.
Peter Marshall: A hard truth after the Commonwealth summit. There’s no institutional awareness of its importance.
I have lost count of the number of times I have heard its demise confidently predicted or stridently recommended. Houdini-like, it has so far escaped this awaited fate.
And those that never were, such as 1978, 1991 and 2007. Prime Ministers tend to make the opposite error to that of their predecessors.
“Although the sacrifice was enormous, it was fought in a good cause…to defend the freedom that we enjoy today.”
George Maggs: Brexit, our Commonwealth friends – and a chance to discover the deepest sense of our national interest
Our real interests derive from forging understandings and ties with countries which have traditionally considered themselves British in all but name.
“NATO – the cornerstone of the West’s defence”. The Prime Minister’s speech to the Republican Party Congress: full text
“Let us renew the relationship that can lead the world towards the promise of freedom and prosperity marked out by those ordinary citizens 240 years ago.”
The political fallout from this bloody battle of attrition did more to enhance British prospects of victory than the actual fighting.
Lord Ashcroft: Why I feel so privileged to take possession of the first Victoria Cross awarded to a Muslim
Subadar Khudadad Khan was one of the 400,000 Muslims who volunteered to serve the Empire during the First World War.
How can the Chancellor keep a straight face while spouting this nonsense?
A modicum of sensitivity at Westminster might have seen the Easter Rising fizzle out. Ireland might have evolved peacefully into a self-governing Commonwealth ally.
The service and sacrifice of a century ago has much to teach us today.
And on 1st July 1916, men who went over the top on that first morning of the battle of the Somme kicked their precious footballs before them.
As our protectors fought for us a century ago, so their descendants defend us today.