Goodbye Piccadily, Farewell Leicester Square
In case anyone might have forgotten, the title recalls "It's
a Long Way to Tipperary..." - the song most closely associated
with the British soldier in World War I and, later, in World War
Adolf Hitler, then last in a long line of contenders, had decided
to do away with England. Before him, the German Kaiser was persuaded
during World War I that - while they were fighting the French in
France, the real adversary was England. Before the Kaiser, it was
Napoleon who tried (and failed) at sea and on land to arrest England's
growing dominance. Earlier still, Philip II of Spain had built an
entire Armada to deal with that unbearably freedom-loving bunch,
described by Shakespeare as "This happy breed of men, this
little world" surrounded by "the silver sea which serves
it...as a moat defensive to a house against the envy of less happier
Well, "this England" conducted general elections last
Thursday. There is reason to believe that where the enemies of freedom
failed century after century, the British electorate might well
The re-election of Prime Minister Tony Blair seems to reflect an
inexplicable death-wish. After decades of post-war malaise, the
loss of an empire, the de-throning of Pound Sterling, and struggling
with antiquated industries against a modernized Europe, the policies
of Margaret (now Lady) Thatcher ushered in good times indeed. Still,
one could understand the restlessness that led to the election of
a Labor government after eighteen years of Conservative rule.
But four years of Tony Blair delivered proof that underneath the
age-old communist ruse known as "Third Way" hides a man
determined to dismantle England once and for all. If we think of
America as a constitutional country, Britain is an institutional
one. The annual pageant known as the State Opening of Parliament,
traditional BBC English, the Bank of England and, most importantly,
English Common Law have all contributed to the sense of permanence
for "This precious stone set in the silver sea," where
a man was innocent until proven guilty, and "my home was my
We must remember that the English-speaking world began with England.
We must remember that the English-speaking world alone is the reason
that on our planet there is liberty for many, and hope for all.
Yes, small islets of liberty existed outside the English-speaking
world - Iceland, Holland, Denmark - but they could never have beaten
back the onslaught of would-be masters of the world operating under
Spanish, French, German, Russian, or Japanese flags. Throughout
the centuries, the British Navy ensured freedom of navigation on
the high seas until the United States Navy was ready to assume that
The collapse and destruction of the aggressors and, consequently,
the victory of the English-speaking world at the end of World War
II was of such mammoth dimensions as to enable the latter to impose
democratic forms of government upon the former. Alas, one aggressor
remained standing because it could claim victim status as well -
Soviet Russia. It took another forty-five years for that remaining
aspirant for world domination to fall.
Unfortunately, the ensuing euphoria was based on wishful thinking.
The philosophy of world domination, best known as "Socialism,"
never was excised from its original twin-homes: France and Germany.
Setting aside centuries of family feud, their natural alliance found
expression in a new, ingenious, openly socialist nightmare called
the European Union. The fall of the Soviet Union, combined with
the misconception of Americans who equated socialist philosophy
with the Soviet Union, enabled yesterday's communists to take the
helm all over the European Continent, claiming now to be "good"
socialists under various pseudonyms.
And, for the first time, they saw their own installed as leaders
of the English-speaking world - enter the Clintons and the Blairs.
Owing to overwhelmingly healthy instincts, America noticed forthwith
the Clintons were about to dismantle everything that had made America,
America, and applied countermeasures within two years by electing
a Republican Congress. England, it seems, has abandoned itself.
Of course, England does not have the system of checks and balances
our Founding Fathers - blessed be their name - have bequeathed to
But England has been the source, the root that has sustained the
tree. And "This fortress built by Nature for herself against
infection" is about to be dismantled and the remnants absorbed
into a Europe incapable of transcending the institutions of feudal
hierarchy - of which the European Union and its socialist structure
is merely the industrialized, modernized variant. English Common
Law and the eight-hundred-year old jury system are about to be traded
for the straitjacket of Continental law under which you have to
prove your innocence, and professional jurists pronounce the verdict.
We in America can respond in one of two ways. We can throw in the
towel and recite the unforgettable words of the American poet Alice
Duer Miller, who immortalized the heroic, lonely stance of England
facing a monstrous Germany and a cowardly France in "The White
"I have seen much to hate here, much to forgive.
But in a world where England is finished and dead,
I do not wish to live."
Or we can hear the call of history and respond as Americans always
have. We need to separate reality from the public relations offensive
that would have us believe that the world is going "our way"
and understand that, for the time being, we alone stand guard over
the true rule of law, freedom of choice, and, above all, liberty
on land and at sea.
And when it comes to liberty, there is no Third Way.