Saturday, November 05, 2005

After 400 years, some people have lost The Plot

Prize for ignorant comment of the week goes to Liberal Democrat M.P. Lembit Opik who thinks that a proposed law against the glorification of terrorism would stop people celebrating on November 5th. Could someone inform him that Bonfire Night celebrates deliverance from the popish plot, not glorification of the plotters?

This morning, the BBC radio 4 Today Programme about Fawkes. Apparently people in his native York think the plot was about religious freedom and tolerance. Catesby et al, would I am sure, if successful, have given us all the tolerance and freedom England enjoyed under the last Roman Catholic monarch, Mary Tudor. She burned nearly 300 Protestants in three years. For any start to freedom of conscience in religion, England had to wait for Oliver Cromwell

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