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It’s been quite a momentous week, beginning with Britain’s close escape from Muslim fanatics. All the good and true – ambulance crews, police, and baggage handlers – rose to the occasion. John Smeaton reminded us that it is a superb idea to fight back against the violence of Islamic militants.

The ubiquitous CCTV cameras are all very well after the fact, but they are not going to prevent crime before it happens. For that you need more Bobbies on the street and less fanatics.

This week we wrote about the glories of Henley and the Hampton Court Flower Show. They wanted sun, and today we learned they finally had some.

Wimbledon got back into action, and the Tour de France began in London. Why Britain needed the Tour de France beats me. My American co-editor remarked that a tour of France means, well, a tour of France not Britain, unless the Arc Manche has extended French boundaries as far north as Hyde Park. Perhaps this was a bit of EU stage management.

Independence Day in America prompted a reading of the Declaration of Independence which revealed extraordinary lessons for today. It is amazing how many of the repressive actions of King George’s government on British colonists in America are mirrored by the EU’s exactions and depredations on Britain today. We described the wisdom and unflinching courage of those colonists in a separate piece. We also wished Canada, another great country with a British inheritance, a happy 140th birthday.

The common sense of rock stars is not widely bruited, but it appears that some of Britain’s (and the world’s) most famous declined to spout off on the possible causes of global warming, and refused to join the LiveEarth concerts.

We ended the week on the enduring beauty of British craftsmanship and the invisible qualities that sustain it.

May your week be good.