British Conservative in America

Shadow Defense Secretary Liam Fox has been stoking Anglo-American pride in the Special Relationship. Speaking at the Heritage Foundation he quoted Churchill:

“We must never cease to proclaim in fearless tones the great principles of freedom and the rights of man which are the joint inheritance of the English speaking world, and which through Magna Carta, the Bill of Rights, the Habeas Corpus, trial by jury, and the English Common Law find their most famous expression in the American Declaration of Independence.”

All this was a prelude to to saying a) please forgive British Conservatives for not being nice to Mr. Bush, b) you should blame that dastardly socialist Blair for the intelligence failure on Iraq, c) please let Rolls Royce build a second engine for the JSF.



  1. OK, so I don’t know if I’ve expressed it here, but I <>love<> Stealth technology! I don’t care if it’s the F-117, the F-22, or the JSF(=F-35)! So yeah, let whomever build the engine.


  2. A pox on all cynics: when Churchill extolled the common inheritance of the English speaking world by naming the princples of freedom and common law, he enunciated a true principle, one that I have long believed.America and its society built on freedom and a rule of law are great because Mother England was great before it, and continues to be great. Each of the progeny of England has developed its inheritance from England in slightly different ways. But in the overall framework of rights, freedom (speaking mainly with reference to the economy here, to distinguish from moral licentiousness), and common law, each of these countries and societies provides an undeniable beakon of light to humanity because of these principles.


  3. John,I totally agree with you. My only qualm is Fox’s b), a rather silly attempt to drive a wedge between American neo-conservatives and Tony Blair.


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