It might seem a bit incongruous, but there it is: The British plan to hold their own Tea Party this weekend. The modern Americans who have colorfully expressed their displeasure with the way Washington is run took their inspiration from the original Boston Tea Party, which was, of course, a protest against the British government. After a couple centuries, it seems the English are finally admitting the colonials were on to something.
The Brits are putting their own inimitable spin on it, though. Whereas the modern American Tea Parties featured righteous rebels wearing “Don’t Tread on Me” decals and carrying angry signs that indicate their deep distrust of (at least some) government, the version across the pond looks to be a more staid affair. “Do try to come,” writes Daniel Hannan, a Member of the European Parliament who will be speaking at the event. He is really urging a revolt here, adding with some insistence, “do please pop in.” The Brits do their American friends one better in an important respect, though: “Oh, and this being England, we’ll be serving actual, you know, tea.”