The King's Speech

Michael A Clark



The King’s Speech film features George VI and his stammering speech. He was left-handed and had been forced to write with his right hand as a child which causes speech stammering.


Isaiah 28:11, King James Bible: “For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.”


1662 Book of Common Prayer First Lesson for Morning Prayer 28 Oct is Isaiah 28:9-16 “Woe to Ephraim (Britain)”


This was read on 28 Oct 1971 when, in the evening, the House of Commons voted for Britain to join Europe in principle by a majority of 112. The European Treaty of Accession was then signed on 22 Jan 1972 by Prime Minister Edward Heath after having black printers’ ink thrown over him which delayed the signing by one hour – Babylon falls in “one hour” (Revelation 18).


It was the anniversary of the death of Queen Victoria on 22 Jan 1901. The “covenant with death” was signed and the lady who threw the ink was wearing purple – the colour of death on the Continent. It reminded us of the following, almost prophetic, lines:


“With inky blots and rotten parchment bonds;

That England, that was wont to conquer others,

Hath made a shameful conquest of itself.

Ah, would the scandal vanish with my life,

How happy then were my ensuing death!

(Shakespeare, Richard II, John of Gaunt, Act 2, Scene 1)


22 January 2011 will be 3 x 12 x 390 solar days (or 3 x 13 years) from 22 Jan 1972 which has the meaning of trouble for Ephraim-Britain.


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