By John Miller
Thursday the 2nd of November, 2017
Arthur Balfour was a Conservative back when that meant something in England, and a pragmatic British Christian, before the United Kingdom was slowly reconstituted as a Caliphate for Polish plumbers by Socialist and Faux Conservative leaders who frittered away everything that the British people and their leaders up to and including Churchill had built up for them, and so valiantly fought for, tooth and nail.
Make no mistake, the British Empire as Balfour knew it was the mightiest empire in the history of the world. It had few rivals, and every one of them was swiftly vanquished, unless you consider the rebel colonies, who escaped by Divine providence alone.
As Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (11 July 1902 – 5 December 1905), Arthur introduced the Balfour Act, which funded the elementary schools run by the Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church. Notably lacking was any funding for the schools of Methodists, Baptists or other denominations that were considered riff-raffish by Balfour.
Nonetheless, the Balfour Act saw to it that most British schoolchildren would learn how to read, and eventually be subverted by the Liberal media. This is turn would play its part in the destruction of the British Empire, as the British people increasingly became wilfully ignorant and better educated at the same time, and were slowly transformed into the self-loathing post-imperial apologists we see today.
Oh well, these things can’t be helped lads. Stiff upper lip.
Balfour’s Conservative government was never really all that steady. His uncle Lord Salisbury had ridden the Second Boer War to two thumping Conservative victories, on the back of initial British victories, but enthusiasm for the war was waning just as Balfour took the baton.
Back when many parts of Britain were major beneficiaries of globalism, and not just London, there was a critical divide amongst Conservatives. One band of Tories was for Tariffs that suited Britain, another for Free Trade. Middling Balfour could please either, and resigned as Prime Minister.
Once upon a time, before Britain was entirely destroyed by Socialism, democracy was an affair between the gentleman parties. The Conservatives (and Liberal Unionists) then as now were set against the Liberals, but there was not yet an ascendant party of labour for the Socialist to demagogue.
The Liberal Henry Bannerman, who was all in for Free Trade, formed a temporary government, and the Conservatives under the hapless Balfour were crushed at the polls by the Liberals soon after.
Balfour rather embarrassingly lost his seat in parliament, but he came back in a bye-election.
During the First World War Balfour was appointed First Lord of the Admiralty of a wartime government of national unity, from 25 May 1915 – 10 December 1916, in an age when Britannia truly ruled the waves. The principal threat was German U-boats, which under Admiral von Pol had begun a tactic of unlimited warfare upon all shipping in the North Sea, and which included all the waters around Great Britain and Ireland.
Von Pohl inflicted massive losses upon British shipping, but he inadvertently lost the war for Germany, which had been doing quite well, or at least not so badly that they were clearly losing, when his cocky U-boats began venturing out into the Atlantic.
Attacks on American shipping would eventually bring about the Alliance that would rule the world together, America and Great Britain, with France tagging along, until the weak Labour Governments of another age came along to eviscerate the Empire.
Balfour gave way to his minor nemesis Churchill at the Admiralty. Churchill’s crossing to the Liberal Free Trade benches had been a fatal blow to Balfour’s former government.
Churchill set about making bold plans to end the war by a maritime invasion of Turkey, which a thoughtful man such as Balfour may have been better suited for, rather than a man of dash and vigour like Churchill, who saw nothing wrong with disembarking all his troops at the foot of Turkish cliffs.
Tally ho lads. Up and at those machine gun nests.
Balfour stepped into another role, where he proved remarkably capable. As Foreign Secretary, from 10 December 1916 – 23 October 1919, Arthur Balfour was finally in his element, dealing with other Christian gentlemen of good breeding.
Even more so than Churchill, Balfour had a quick mind and clever tongue. He was a superior parliamentary debater, which is high praise of Balfour rather than in any way meant to disparage Churchill. Where Balfour was sublime, Churchill was better at acerbic witticism, and therefore better suited to rouse the passions of the common folk.
The Entente Cordiale with France which froze out Germany was secured by far sighted Balfour back when he was still Prime Minister. He was always a deep thinker on foreign relations, and he will always be remembered gratefully as the man who helped secure a homeland for the Jewish people.
The Balfour Declaration is considered contentious by the British Left, whose own contributions amount to not much more than council flats and post-Christian welfare dependency. The same virtue signalling Socialists who would have you believe that Israel is evil and terrorism is good can hardly be trusted to give a Balfour his due, so let them go to hell, along with their opinions.
The England of British Socialism is pale and wan, the Great Britain of Arthur Balfour was world encompassing and magnificent. Alas for the soulless husk of post-Imperial Britain, evidenced here and there by a graffitied column, with homosexuals, Islamists and junkies wandering aimlessly around it.
Only Her Majesty herself, still as elegant and radiant as ever, provides a glimmer of the halcyon days of Arthur Balfour.
Gentlemen, raise your glasses to Arthur Balfour, to the Queen, and to the Empire. May they never be forgotten.