Thursday, June 13, 2013

Top 10 American Conservative Sites in London

Commander K. in the Churchill War Room, London

Is today's United Kingdom "Conservative"?  Well, hardly.

The British now have a coalition government made up of the Conservative (Tories) and Liberal-Democratic (Lib-Dems) parties.  All political parties in Britain cling to the NHS -- a socialised system of medicine that far outstrips Obamacare.  The British government's response to the brutal murder of Lee Rigby in Woolwich was to arrest "anti-Muslim" social media posters ( and to suggest that its serving military refrain from wearing anything that could identify them as belonging to the armed forces (e.g. "Help for Heroes" sweatshirts).

Britain's chief export these days seem to be the works of her famous socialist billionaire -- J.K. Rowling.
Thatcher Funeral
Photo: Courtesy Marc Leslie
Margaret Thatcher was buried this Spring while revellers in London popped champagne corks and sang abusive songs in her memory.

Tony Blair was very nearly crucified for being on the winning side in the Iraq war that deposed the brutal dictator Saddam Hussein.

The current Prime Minister, David Cameron, is the "Robin Williams" of politicians; Williams left his wife to marry his nanny while Cameron remains with his wife, but seeks to marry the "nanny" state.

Is the United Kingdom, birthplace of George Orwell, "Libertarian"?  An even more dubious proposition.

While Great Britain has about 2 per cent of the world's population, it has about 25 per cent of the world's CCTV cameras.  "Big Brother" is watching on the Tube, in the airports, etc.  Government surveillance which may be understandable in the effort to prevent terrorism and violent crime has even been utilised in the UK to enforce truancy and littering laws.

Nevertheless, the history of the United Kingdom lies at the very foundation of the American Conservative movement and deserves our respect and appreciation.  All Conservatives must, by their very definition, appreciate history and seek to preserve worthwhile elements from our past.   Conservatives demand a limited form of government that exalts the individual and not the collective.  Conservatives insist on individual freedom and resist authoritarian measures.

In this spirit I offer to my fellow American Conservatives Commander Kelly's Top Ten picks for all those visiting London this summer...

Magna Carta Temple, Runnymede
1) Runnymede

On the banks of the Thames at Runnymede you will find the birthplace of the Conservative movement.  It was here on this deceptively placid site in 1215 that the Barons compelled "bad" King John to sign the Magna Carta -- the first step towards a limitation of the absolute power of the monarch.

Non-Vegan at Tower of London
2) Tower of London

The Tower of London ( has been attracting tourists since the 16th century.  The brutal overreach of Kings is nowhere better exemplified than by the murder of Anne Boleyn by her husband (Henry VIII) and the smothering of the nephews by their uncle (Richard III) in the Tower.  If you don't understand why government power must have strict limits then go see the Tower of London.  All my second amendment friends will also appreciate the collection of guns, armor and other weapons to be found in the White Tower.

Commander K. and Johnson's Cat Hodge
3) Dr. Johnson's House

Samuel Johnson (, the famous lexicographer, defined a politician as "A man of artifice; one of deep contrivance."  Johnson's life reminds us that words still have meaning, even words such as "marriage," "duty" and "honor".

Mayflower Pub, Rotherhithe
4) The Mayflower Pub

It was right across the street from this neighborhood boozer that the pilgrims left for America in 1620 seeking religious tolerance and relief from government tyranny  The Captain of the Mayflower, Christopher Jones, is buried across the street from this riverside tavern.  The Mayflower pub serves some of the best burgers in London.  American patriots will find a warm welcome here.  Our friend Samuel Johnson once said, "There is nothing which has yet been contrived by man, by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern or inn."

Lord Nelson, Trafalgar Square
Photo: Courtesy James Hooper 
5) Trafalgar Square

Lord Nelson remains the secular saint of Great Britain.  He was a champion of Liberty ( after whom Nelson Mandela was justly named.  The British could never have enforced their well-intentioned laws to ban the slave trade without the policing power of the Royal navy -- a direct result of Nelson's victory at Trafalgar in 1805.

Grenadier Pub, near Apsley House
6) Apsley House

Here at "Number One London" you will find the home of the Duke of Wellington -- the Iron Duke (  Had Wellington not prevailed at the battle of Waterloo in 1815, Napoleon might have imposed his tyranny throughout Europe.

Commander K. beneath Cutty Sark, Greenwich
7) Cutty Sark

You can't have a tea party without tea!  The Cutty Sark (, a tea clipper, was the fastest ship in world when she was launched in 1869.  The ship was burnt in 2007, restored at a cost of 50 million pounds and unveiled in April 2012.  Celebrate free trade and capitalism with your own tea party at the Cutty Sark in Greenwich. 

8) Churchill War Rooms
Churchill, Parliament Square, London
"We are all worms. But I believe that I am a glow-worm," Winston Churchill declared (  One of President Obama's first acts as President was to remove a bust of Winston Churchill from the White House.  Visit for yourself to judge whether Obama's historical judgement was sound.
St. Paul's, London
9) St. Paul's Cathedral

Voltaire ( summed up Conservatism best when he blessed Benjamin Franklin's grandson in Paris with the phrase "God and Liberty".  In St. Paul's ( you will find both God and Liberty.  The site of St. Paul's has a been a place of Christian worship since the 4th century AD.  Churchill's funeral service took place here in 1965 and the Iron Lady's in 2013.  In its crypt you will find the tombs of champions of Liberty such as the Duke of Wellington and Lord Nelson.
Reagan in London
Photo: Courtesy James Hooper

10) Grosvenor Square.

Americans have established themselves on this square in London since John Adams became the first Ambassador to the Court of St. James in 1785.  Under the shadow of the American embassy you will find statues of America's greatest Republican Presidents of the 20th Century -- Dwight David Eisenhower and Ronald Wilson Reagan.  Ike (;postID=5028596574032285972;onPublishedMenu=overviewstats;onClosedMenu=overviewstats;postNum=17;src=postman) led the Allies to victory in Operation Overlord and presided over a period of peace and prosperity during his Presidency.  Thatcher said of the cold war, "The west won.  Above all, Ronald Reagan won it." 

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