As previously set out, I do actually know a bit about the increasingly researched subject of English Jacobitism. And I am in the process of rediscovering my various academic interests of yore, now that, at the institution's double request, I am being eased back into university life on two fronts. So the admittedly rather odd anonymous comment below (does anyone know how I could allow non-Blogger comments but not anonymous ones?) has set me thinking.
Jacobitism, as an obvious expression of disaffection with the Whig hegemony, is increasingly recognised to have seeped into every corner of what was in fact (and contrary to how it has been presented) a deeply divided and discontented Kingdom during the period of that hegemony, providing a unifying principle among many disparate and even rival subcultures (the recusant Catholics and the Nonjurors, for example). The contemporary comparisons, not to say linear continuations, are obvious.
And yes, what my neo-Whig antagonists think that they are disparaging when they call my position "statist, syndicalist, nationalist, theoconservative and provincial" (what's wrong with being any of those things?) is in fact the disaffection with their own neoliberal economic and correspondingly neoconservative geopolitical position, itself now hegemonic within this country's oligarchic and extremely narrowly-based political class, that narrow base not least by comparison with the Major years. That disaffection, again, seeps into every corner of what is in fact (and contrary to how it is presented) a deeply divided and discontented Kingdom under that hegemony, providing a unifying principle among many disparate and even rival subcultures.
The Whigs pretended not to know how widespread and how deep discontent was, and their successors among British historians of England, at least, took them at their word. But archives on the Continent reveal that even Walpole and Malborough maintained, through intermediaries, some level of contact with the Stuart court in exile, apparently conscious that restoration might come at any moment, and therefore anxious to preserve what they could of Whiggery if and when it did.
Well, you Jacksonites and Eustonites, you know who those of us most involved in giving organisational form to your hegemony's opponents are, you certainly know what our email addresses are, and the attention that you devote to rubbishing us on the Internet while loudly proclaiming our irrelevance seems to suggest that your own view is not unlike Walpole's or Malborough's. And yet you use "realist" as a term of abuse!
I do not defend James II's decision to become a salaried employee of his cousin, the King of France, although I cannot see how our own pro-EU, "America and Israel Right or Wrong" politicians (what has become the EU having been an American-sponsored project since the 1940s) are in any position to judge him. But it is worth keeping in mind that he was removed only when Tories as well as Whigs invited William of Orange (blessed by the Pope, but that's another story) to replace him.
Today, in similar fashion, both those who define themselves principally as "statists", or as "syndicalists", or as "nationalists", or as "theoconservatives", or even just as "voices of the provinces", need to make common cause in order to replace the morally, intellectually and financially bankrupt neo-Whig hegemony that is the existing party-political system.
When they do, when we do, then a truly Glorious Revolution, and a true Restoration, will undoubtedly ensue. Some of us are already working on this. So do please make contact, whoever and wherever you are.