Britain's Theresa May is here and Winston (Churchill) is back
By Amanda Bowman, Lee Cohen
In September of 1939, Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain appointed Churchill as First Lord of the Admiralty for the War Cabinet. The message “WINSTON IS BACK” was signaled to all naval ships and installations announcing this appointment in which Churchill stepped back into a role he had held decades before.
President Trump has, for his part, signaled his own “WINSTON IS BACK” moment, by symbolically returning the bust of Churchill to the White House, that Obama sent back to the UK when he assumed office. Far beyond symbolism, Trump is signaling, with Prime Minister Theresa May, his own reset of the Special Anglo-American Relationship, and it couldn’t have come at a more propitious time.
Mrs. May arrived in the U.S. on Thursday, as the coveted first government head to officially visit the U.S., post-election. This is a proud and promising moment for both leaders and one that bodes great potential for the nations they lead respectively and the partnership that they have expressed interest in resetting and strengthening.
Her introductory speech in Philadelphia was inspiring. In it she tackled many of the issues foremost on the minds of Americans—threats from Islamic terrorism, cyber terrorism, our role within international organizations such as the U.N. and NATO. She spoke of the opportunities for her nation and our own in a post-Brexit, outward-looking “Global Britain.” She referenced the great friendship that was the apogee of the Special Relations—the Reagan-Thatcher friendship—and drew a parallel to their efforts to free the countries of Eastern Europe shackled by socialism, that Churchill identified as “the Iron Curtain.” She ended this speech on a hopeful note that our better future is within reach and that we, Britain and America will build it together. Mrs. May sets the tone for a greatly enhanced bi-lateral alliance, moving forward.
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Princess Diana’s enduring legacy will be William on the throne
By Amanda Bowman, Lee Cohen
Today is 20th anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.
Diana’s death and the public perception of how the royal family handled it provoked a storm of protest. It also raised the question of the relevance of the monarchy. But in the intervening 20 years, this ancient institution has come to be viewed as an oasis of stability in an uncertain world.
At the time, the British public's outrage and criticism of the monarchy and of the queen herself was unrelenting. Yet now, at the age of 91, she is one of the most admired people in the world, according to the global polling organization, YouGov.
This popularity embraces other members of the Royal Family, most especially Diana’s own sons and daughter-in-law. In fact, a separate pollconducted in 2015 showed that some members of Britain’s royal family, enjoy greater popularity among Americans than nearly all of our U.S. politicians.
The 20-year milestone of Diana’s death has however resulted in a precipitous decline in Prince Charles’ and wife Camilla’s popularity. Leading royal commentator and author of a new biography Camilla, The Duchess: The Untold Story, Penny Junor, downplays the impact of the negative findings, commenting:
“We’ve moved on 20 years …. He’s become a much happier, more relaxed and more confident Prince of Wales … He knows that he did all he could to try and make his marriage work and he failed.”
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