Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Lord St John of Fawsley (1929-2012)

One of Britain's most colourful and devoted monarchists, Lord St John of Fawsley (the former MP Norman St John-Stevas) has died at the age of 82. His fascinating Telegraph obituary contains many delightful anecdotes, such as his response when he was accused of being a "compulsive name-dropper": "The Queen said exactly the same to me yesterday." St John-Stevas, unlike some of those I've argued with online over the years, was a devout Roman Catholic who had no trouble combining loyalty to the British Royal Family with loyalty to the Papacy. The world is surely a slightly less interesting place without him. Requiescat in pace.

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