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Adam J. West

Reshuffling Parliament’s Power

After what proved a nail-biting crescendo and unexpected conclusion to the General Elections in the United Kingdom, the occupant of 10 Downing Street remains unchanged. Many are wondering what’s next for the United Kingdom following this years’ election? What does the Bible have to say about the election’s outcome and the resultant reshuffling of power?

Waterloo and the Rise of an Empire

June 18, 2015 marks the bicentennial of the Battle of Waterloo, a battle that 200 years ago halted abruptly the second Hundred Years' War between Britain and France. As historian Jeremy Black asserts, "Waterloo was an iconic battle for the British, a triumph of endurance that ensured a nineteenth-century world in which Britain played the key role" (Waterloo, p. xi). Waterloo was a crucial victory—not only for British ascendancy, but also in fulfilling ancient promises recorded in Scripture. So, how did these promises impact the outcome of Waterloo and beckon the rise of the British Empire?

Parliament and the "Right to Die"?

An ongoing debate continues to brew in the Parliament building of Great Britain in the United Kingdom. It involves the “right to die” and goes back as far as 2006. On July 28, 2014, the House of Lords conducted the second reading of the bill put forth by Lord Falconer of Thoroton, which lasted some ten hours. The bill went forward to a committee for further review, which is only the beginning of a long process that could see Royal Assent happening in the not-too-distant future. Assisted suicide continues to gain traction in various parts of the world, but what exactly would be the ramifications if this bill receives the “Royal stamp of approval”?

"Warning the Clattering Train"

“Who is in charge of the clattering train? The axles creak, and the couplings strain. For the pace is hot, and the points are near, and Sleep hath deadened the driver’s ear: And signals flash through the night in vain. Death is in charge of the clattering train!” Sir Winston Churchill recalled this poem to himself to illustrate his personal frustration with his parliamentary colleagues, but why?

Churchill recalled the first few and last few lines from when he was a young boy. His was a shortened version of a poem that appeared in Punch cartoons on October 4, 1890.

Nelson's Call to Duty!

Vice Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson is one of Britain’s most respected national heroes. His twice-life-sized statue is perched high aloft “Nelson’s Column,” dominating Trafalgar Square that was named in his honour. His remains lie in the centre of the impressive marble crypt situated directly below the dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. His impact on Britain’s national pride, with his sense of courage and duty in the face of grave danger, is inestimable. While his character was not without spot, as is true of most who are elevated to national greatness, his influence and legacy are undeniable.