This may well be the shortest blog I‛ll ever write. Suffice it to say how moving I found it over the last few days to see and hear the tributes being paid to Elizabeth the Queen for her personal achievement throughout these chaotic decades of maintaining both her dignity (and that of the Crown) and her unwavering sense of service and loyalty to her people. Various UK citizens voiced a variation of the line, “Thank you for making us proud of being British.”
The diverse members of the Commonwealth can also say, “Thank you for making us proud to be members of the British Commonwealth.”
But surely there is a paradox in the fact that Queen Elizabeth of Canada’s current First Minister basks in the glow of Royal association while crafting a diamentrically opposite personal legacy for himself. “Mr. Harper, you made us feel ashamed of being Canadian.”
Won’t echo quite the same in the halls of history, eh?