Thursday, 21 October 2010

Trafalgar Day

Today is the day that Admiral Lord Nelson broke forever Napoleon's hope of invading and conquering England. As I write this, he lay dying in the orlop of HMS Victory. The battle itself set the Royal Navy as the dominant Navy for the next hundred years and even in 1914 it's fleets numbered more ships and spread across more oceans than any the world had seen before or since.

Nelson, Collingwood, Rodney, Howe, Hood and all those who made Britain great must be turning in their graves at what the nation they fought and, in Nelson's case, died for, has been reduced to.

As one Admiral is on record as saying, the Navy's greatest enemies have never been those they fought, but those at home in Westminster who will sell their soul's and everything the nation has, in order to hold onto power. They will discover soon that without the means to back it, it has a way of slipping out of their grasp.

It cannot escape the notice of those who study the great sweep of history of nations, rather than tiny segments, that Britain ruled a worldwide empire with half a million soldiers and sailors and just three thousand civil servants. They now have no Empire, no armed forces to speak of and five million civil servants.

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