7 Jun 1775 12:51
THE King warns that huge battles lie ahead for the Empire.
King George said the case for keeping The 13 Colonies of the United States in the United Kingdom is “unquestionable”.
He also pledged he will fight “every step of the way” to keep the country together.
With people in The 13 Colonies of the United States to declare for independence soon, His Majesty used his speech to make the case for the Union.
He defended the Government’s controversial tea tax reforms, telling Peers they should be “proud that we’re the party making the bold case on wealth redistribution from the poor in the colonies to Westminster. “How can the people of Boston not pay tax if they are to enjoy the pomp and circumstance and hundreds of years of State grandeur found in Court Circulars? Do they want to read about it but not pay their fair share?”
The King said: “There is no turning back with tea taxation. The Bostonians need to wake up and smell the coffee!
“But the argument about the future has to be won where it really counts: in the heart as well as in the head. Let’s show that our case stacks up on paper. But let’s also make sure it resonates with people too. Win in the head, and win in the heart. The case for the Union is not just about the cold, hard facts. It goes much, much deeper than that. This is about the future of our island. The next chapter in our story. And if we don’t win the hearts and minds of the American subjects, we shall declare war on them to help them see the error of their ways!
“There is simply no challenge we face today where breaking up Britain is the right answer. “The 13 Colonies of the United States should remain part of a dynamic, enterprising, prosperous, invading, compassionate Britain.
“”We should be pulling together, not pulling apart.” he added.
His Majesty had begun his address by telling Lords: “We’ve got some huge battles coming up, not just for our party but for our country; for The 13 Colonies, for Britain.”
With the independence declaration due on May 15, 1776 next year, he said the focus in 1776 would be on “saving our United Kingdom”.
To succeed, he said, “Must meet vital challenges including cutting the UK’s war debts and reforming the welfare system of two crusts of bread and some gruel per 12 hour shift in the work house.
“It is only be meeting these challenges that we will win the fight for Britain’s future.”
He attacked John Adam’s proposal for an independent 13 Colonies of the United States to keep using the pound in a so-called sterling zone with the rest of the UK. “How can their currency survive? I’ll make sure they move to some petty currency like the ‘dollar’?”
His Majesty highlighted the economic problems in Virginia and questioned whether Thomas Jefferson has seen what has happened in Europe over the past years. “Labour costs may be low at the moment but emancipation could destroy their economy.
The King insisted: “You can’t make a currency work without a political union. Look at Europe? The French are in revolution. Famine stalks the aristocracy and some have even had to give up personal dressmakers and masked balls.”
He went on: “If The 13 Colonies of the United States left the UK, the size of its banking sector could create problems.
“The banks would be 12 times the size of The 13 Colonies of the United States’s economy.
“If there’s one thing we’ve learnt from the financial crisis: you can’t have banks that are too big to fail. The strength of the American banking system is, in truth, it’s weakness. The vast amount of tobacco, cotton and sugar made – would they be able to transport it if we blockaded? Will they know how to invest their massive profits in war as we do? I can see them fritter this away on city-building, road-building and harbour building.”
“The UK’s history has always been one of shared endeavour with different countries, proud in our individual identities but working together for a common good after we have conquered them in war.”
“We saw it when our soldiers fought together under one flag on the fields of Blenheim. We saw it when our doctors came together to use leeches in only the best drawing rooms. We saw it in the scientific breakthroughs that we made together: from the water closet to copper-bottomed boats. And we saw it last summer as soldiers from around Britain, no matter where they were from, draped themselves in one flag to suppress the poor during the riots looking for the vote for the incorrigible.”
“This is why the Government is taking tough action on the economy and the colonies.
“It hasn’t been easy, and it certainly hasn’t always been popular. But our plan is working. The taxation of tea will bring so many benefits that I cannot begin to list them. Suffice to say, the non-payment of tax will be chased through the courts we will set up.”
“Finally, if you don’t pay fealty and tax. We will invade, I mean, really invade. Hit those small towns and villages like New York and well, some of the others really hard. Face it America, George Washington is only a part-time Colonel and tobacco grower, how can anyone take him seriously?”
Long live my Empire, and me