God Save the King and Rule Britannia!
To mark the occasion of the crowning of Britain's new king and Canada's new head of state, this episode features a special guest from the other side of the Atlantic.
Ann Widdecombe served as a Conservative Member of Parliament in the British House of Commons from 1987-2010. During that time, she held several Cabinet portfolios, and early on in her tenure, converted to the Catholic faith. She also held a seat in the European Parliament as a representative of the Brexit Party from 2019-2020.
A well-known political commentator and public personality, Widdecombe makes the case for why Britain's withdrawal from the European Union was necessary (and why it was fully in line with Catholic social teaching on subsidiarity).
She also reflects on her conversion, the future of the Anglican Church, the present state of conservatism in the United Kingdom, and the first coronation of a British monarch in 70 years.
Websites / resources referenced
Ann Widdecombe official website
Ann Widdecombe, “Conservatives are not conservative - it's why I can't back the Tories,” The Daily Express (March 21, 2023)
Ann Widdecombe: Brexit, Trade, and the European Union
“The King’s coronation oath: an explainer for Catholics,” Catholic Herald (May 2, 2023)
Please note that this podcast has been edited for length and clarity.