Halloween is gone, but if you’re British then you’ll know that the loudest night of the year is coming up. Guy Fawkes, or Bonfire Night as it’s very often colloquially known, is the fifth of November every year. It’s really just another night of glorious snack food and festive social gatherings, (plus fireworks!) but the roots of it lie in the subverted conspiracy to blow up Parliament in 1605. It became a celebratory occasion when establishment figures realised they could generate public faith in the parliamentary government by throwing a big party every year.
So here are five things to read, from five different genres, all about this noblest of sticky-toffee and fireworks related holidays.
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The London Palace Coat of Arms features a Lion and a Unicorn: the two animals that George Orwell used to title a now infamous essay about nationalism, class and Britain’s lack of European identity. I’m writing about it today in a ponderous post that will look at English Socialism, historical understandings of our apparent island-identity, and the way that Orwell always seems to have known what to say.
Continue reading “Orwell, Nationalism, Brexit and Historical Foresight – An editorial, post-referendum.”
So the EU referendum happened, and for almost half of us it did not go the way we wanted it to. This post looks at city-states, potential ‘Londonpendence,’ Scottish Independence, and mentions Northern Ireland. Quick shout- if you voted pro-Brexit, be aware that this is billed as an editorial, and it’s going to be chock full of angry bias.
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