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This has been a week of frustration for those who care about Britain. We wonder why a British government intent on taking at least 47% of every person’s income in taxes cannot support a Navy whose traditions of service are the finest in the world. The actions of the Iranian government are beneath contempt, but they have been a humiliating lesson in the government’s willingness to send British sailors and soldiers into harm’s way, and its unwillingness to defend them when they are there. If you are interested, scroll down. Our headlines speak for themselves.

More positively we feature John Donne, a great poet and lover, and the very different artistry of Elton John’s six dark and dazzling decades.

We celebrate the heroism of Baroness Cox, “speaking out for those whose voices are lost under gunfire” in Armenia and the Sudan. She is a remarkable woman, of humble faith.

In the fifth part of our 6-part series on abolishing slavery we feature the Royal Navy, which abolished the slave trade by force of arms. Most people would like to see all weapons and all armies disbanded for good, but while significant numbers of misguided people are violently oppressing the vulnerable, force of arms is sometimes necessary. Without the Royal Navy, it is probable that the slave trade in Africans would be going on today. The last section in the series will focus on the essential role of slave insurrections and British women in ending slavery in the British Empire. Slavery continued in Africa, Asia, America, and Islamic countries, in some cases into the 20th century, and in some places this evil occurs today.

We also described some attractive diary dates for the Countryside Alliance, and invited you to listen to some fine British singers, proving that “Brits do learn second languages on occasion”. You can find all posts in the archives.

See you on Monday.