A message from Her Majesty The Queen to the Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester | The Royal Family

Her Majesty The Queen visits with one of the young victims of the Manchester suicide bombing at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, and commends the Hospital staff.

The whole nation has been shocked by the death and injury in Manchester last night of so many people, adults and children, who had just been enjoying a concert. I know I speak for everyone in expressing my deepest sympathy to all who have been affected by this dreadful event and especially to the families and friends of those who have died or were injured. I want to thank all the members of the emergency services, who have responded with such professionalism and care.

— Her Majesty The Queen

Source: A message from Her Majesty The Queen to the Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester | The Royal Family

“Europe, rise from your knees…”

Europe, rise from your knees - Polish PM

Indeed.

Prime Minister of Poland Beata Maria Szydło makes a cogent comment in the wake of the Manchester bombing in England, where a Moslem suicide bomber, the British-born son of immigrants from Libya, killed 22 mostly teenage female (or pre-teen, in some cases) concert-goers and wounded 60 more. Most recent news is that two brothers and the father of the bomber have also been arrested, one in Britain and the others in Libya. Police are investigating ties to both ISIS and al-Qaeda.

Most official news reports seem to focus on Manchester remaining “united” and not letting this latest horrific incident “divide our community.” Sure, Britain, Europe, continue cuddling the vipers to your breast, and wondering why you’re getting bit…

Brexit: what’s happening, what should happen

Six Brexit Tests - UKIP

It is closing on a year since Britain’s historic “Brexit” vote, when a majority of Britons – 52% to 48% across the UK, 53.4% to 46.6% in England itself – voted to separate from the European Union (“Leave”), in a referendum in which more than 30 million people, nearly 72% of the British electorate, voted: the largest number of people to vote in any referendum or election in British history, according to reports at the time.

Yet what has happened in that time? Sadly, for many “Leave” proponents (the Anglophilic Anglican included, though I am not a British subject), not nearly as much as had been hoped. Prime Minister Theresa May did trigger Article 50, beginning the two-year process of disengaging, on March 29th, and it was signed by the Queen. Since then not much appears to be happening, at least in view of the public (though what is going on behind closed doors is always difficult or impossible to determine).

In an attempt to move things along, UKIP – the United Kingdom Independence Party, the biggest and most influential single organization to back Brexit – has issued the above brief manifesto, outlining six “Tests” to make sure Britain regains full sovereignty in the areas of law (restoring to the British Parliament powers that had been ceded to the EU), immigration and border control, territorial waters, international trade, and finance, and ensuring that this process is completed within the mandated two years.

Seems reasonable to me! It also seems to me a shame that any entity has to issue a “call” to such elementary, common-sense basics.