5th November – A Timely Reminder

Remember, remember the Fifth of November,
The Gunpowder Treason and Plot,

I know of no reason

Why the Gunpowder Treason

Should ever be forgot.

Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, t’was his intent

To blow up the King and Parli’ment.

Three-score barrels of powder below

To prove old England’s overthrow;

By God’s providence he was catch’d

With a dark lantern and burning match.

Holla boys, Holla boys, let the bells ring.

Holloa boys, holloa boys, God save the King!

And what should we do with him? Burn him!

Sir Robert Catesby’s plot was hatched in response to the intolerance of the ruling elite. The frustration of those being oppressed boiled over and, there being no democratic recourse open to them, it followed that extreme actions were decided upon.

It is said those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. When one considers the modern political class, it appears those who ignore the past are condemned to the same. There is only so much contempt people will take before they react. But the political class, ensconced in its self regarding bubble and remote from the real world are probably too ignorant to realise it.

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