1. a-tracy
    September 11, 2022

    A lovely tribute, passionately made.

    I would dearly love to dine across the divide with John Harris of the Guardian. You would think a boy from Wilmslow, one of Cheshire’s most healed areas, raised by parents with relatively high incomes and safe careers that allowed him the education and wherewithal to go to Oxford would be an institutionalist, traditional, establishment type. I’m intrigued by him. He talks of working class poverty yet not from his own start in life or personal experience. He seems pleased that 18-24 year olds have been republicanised, by whom I wonder people like his parents a university lecturer and teacher? There is one thing going to a comprehensive school in Wythenshawe in the 1980s and another going to a comprehensive in Wilmslow!

    1. hefner
      September 11, 2022

      The Atlantic, 01/05/2014, ‘Do children just take their parents’ political beliefs? It is not that simple’. (It seems not protected by a firewall).

      cambridge.org, 12/03/2013, ‘Why does the apple fall far from the tree? How early political socialization prompts parent-child dissimilarity’.

      1. Peter2
        September 11, 2022

        How is this relevant to Sir John’s post above heffy?

        1. a-tracy
          September 11, 2022

          Sorry Peter, it was me that went off piste bringing up that republican’s like Harris state that 18-24 year olds don’t support the monarchy and I speculated on where they get their views from.

      2. Fedupsoutherner
        September 11, 2022

        Oh God. Stop it.

        1. Fedupsoutherner
          September 11, 2022

          Reply to Hefner.

    2. rose
      September 13, 2022

      For my part, a-tracy, I was shocked to see how few mature parliamentarians bowed or curtseyed to the new King and Queen in Westminster Hall.

  2. Ed M
    September 11, 2022

    Great tribute

  3. formula57
    September 11, 2022

    That was a rather splendid tribute, capturing the essence of the Queen’s magnificent approach.

    1. dixie
      September 11, 2022

      yes it was a splendid tribute for a splendid person, thank you.

    2. Lifelogic
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  4. X-Tory
    September 11, 2022

    An excellent tribute, Sir John. Well done.

  5. John Hatfield
    September 11, 2022

    Good speech John.

  6. Iago
    September 11, 2022

    He won’t. Charles said some years ago he wanted to be a Defender of Faiths.

    1. Mickey Taking
      September 11, 2022

      Did he also say he wanted to be a Prosecutor of violence against faiths?

  7. Peter2
    September 11, 2022

    Thank you Sir John for your wonderful passionate and emotional tribute in honour of our truly great Queen.
    You are a marvellous orator who speaks so well in Parliament.
    I have been a supporter of our party and especially of you for decades.
    Long may that continue.
    God save the King.

  8. ukretired123
    September 11, 2022

    A very heartfelt tribute to the Queen from Sir John on her unique contribution touching so many lives and levels, leading by example and over decades and so proud to be one of our own.

  9. Fedupsoutherner
    September 11, 2022

    Loved it John. Said from the heart. Thank you.

  10. rose
    September 12, 2022

    An historic speech as one would expect. Well done. It must have been upsetting to do.

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