One of the things that I have always admired about America’s celebration of Independence Day is the way that it represents—and maintains—the current generation’s connection with the country’s past. As many different people have said in many different ways, a nation that loses touch with its history does not have much of a future.
The [British] Government has decided not to celebrate the anniversary [of the battle of Waterloo], on June 18th, 2015, for fear of upsetting the French. The Department of Culture has ruled out any official celebration, or a service of thanksgiving in Westminster Abbey.
What would the Iron Duke have said?
I’d also add the fact that Britain now has a somewhat sinister sounding “Department of Culture” is another sign that Blighty is not what it was.
I’m grateful to be here.