Thursday February 20, 2020

Remembrance, and hatred we are learning to forget

Queen Elizabeth is now a balm on the ancient wound between the Irish and the English, writes Tom McGurk.

2nd June, 2012
'Loyalism used the monarchy as an excuse for triumphalism.'

Over the next three days, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II will celebrate her Diamond Jubilee, marking a somewhat astonishing 60 years on the throne. The life-cycles of monarchs are useful historical book-ends and Elizabeth's long years mark a Britain changed beyond recognition from the post-war and partly post-colonial country she inherited in 1952.

In her time, Britain shifted from being a world (if even then declining) presence to nowadays principally being a part of the European Union. Post-World...

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