Gordon Brown erases Britannia
When the penny was abolished, it was decided to place Britannia on the 50p coin, where she has been ever since. In 1973, she made way for a circle of hands which commemorated the UK’s entry to the Common Market. It was a temporary substitution for a particular political event, and the coin passed into history like all commemorative tokens, ultimately to be found of interest only to collectors and historians of the Royal Mint.
But Gordon Brown, who appointed Michael Wills, one of his most trusted allies, as Minister for Patriotism, with orders to promote ‘Britishness’, and who himself professes to be avidly ‘British’ and a leading proponent of this ‘Britishness’, has now approved a decision to eradicate Britannia from the 50p coin permanently. The symbol will thereby no longer be on any British coin for the first time in more than 300 years.
And it is not only Britannia whom Mr Brown is eliminating: the traditional heraldic designs on a total of seven coins, including the crowned lion and chained portcullis, will all vanish.
Instead, there will be a ‘representation of modern Britain’. Slowly, by stealth, these scurvy politicians are eroding the British national identity. One might as well replace Britannia with the 12 EU stars, for that is where this is heading. Indeed, the £2 coin already looks suspiciously like a euro-coin, and the new £20 also possesses a certain euro-note appearance.
The Daily Mail helpfully conjectures on what these representations may include:
Cranmer can hardly wait to see the final approved designs.
It is noteworthy that last year was the 300th anniversary of the United Kingdom, and there was no official celebration. This is a government which fails to understand the importance of history, tradition, and symbols of unity. Britannia is as relevant now as she was 300 years ago, and, like the Union flag, she is both the incarnation and the embodiment of the national psyche. Britannia is a symbol of the British Isles and the British people, and the fate of such important and enduring symbols should not be for here-today-gone-tomorrow politicians to eliminate at a whim, depending totally on which side of the bed they get out of in a morning.