The Plastic Hippo

November 4, 2015

V for values

Filed under: History,Media,Politics,Society — theplastichippo @ 3:00 am
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Apparently from the BBC

Apparently from the BBC

There has been a lot of talk about British values of late with some far from noble politicians suggesting that tolerance and decency are somehow exclusively British attributes. For the most part, the British people have always been fairly tolerant and generally decent and over the years have managed to put up with some dreadful monarchs and some dreadful governments.

Celts, Romans, Saxons, Vikings and Normans came, saw, conquered and some stayed and others went. Having integrated and accepted the craic, the status quo, the zeitgeist and the smorgasbord of denouement, Britons went on to rule the waves enabling the nation to see off the Armada, the Luftwaffe, Communist hoards and General Galtieri. Sadly, we now have a government that waives the rules and allows commercial invasions as a free market necessity whilst simultaneously rubbishing the European Union for restrictive protectionism. Basically, the United Kingdom has become an enormous car boot sale and the populous remain politely tolerate and decent.

On this very night, some 410 years ago, Guido Fawkes and his fellow conspirators were ferrying gun power across the Thames from Southwark to the under croft below the old Houses of Parliament. The plot, concocted by Robert Caseby, Wintour, Percy and others, intended to blow to bits King James I of England and King James VI of Scotland along with the government, the Lords spiritual and temporal and anyone else within 100 yards during the state opening of parliament. For clarity, King James I and King James VI was one and the same person and the pair of them were notably more tolerant of Catholicism than their predecessors. It is interesting that the Vatican got wind of the plot through the confidentiality of the confessional and issued an edict forbidding the violent overthrow of government. This didn`t really matter as the priest who took the confession was tortured and executed along with the rest of the conspirators. It is good to know that British values are still maintained in Guantanamo Bay and if Guido Fawkes was clearly guilty of treason and attempted regicide, then Shaker Aamer, who seems to be completely innocent, probably deserved to be tortured just to be on the safe side.

As far as we know, the Gunpowder Plot was the first and only attempt to explode the Houses of Parliament if we ignore the attention of the IRA and the airborne products of Dornier, Heinkel and Junkers. Mercifully, those days are far behind us and the greatest threat to freedom, democracy, tolerance and decency comes from within. With cabinet ministers rampant with vitriol, incompetence and a hatred of the British people and never available for an interview; perhaps someone needs to place a non-explosive yet politically incendiary bomb underneath parliament. British values are epitomised by decency, tolerance and, above all, honesty which at the moment is a concept alien to the current barely elected government.

A penny for the guy? I think I will call my old sweater and jeans stuffed with newspaper Jeremy.


  1. Minor comment by an ecclesiastical pedant: you can discount any idea of the Vatican finding out “through the confidentiality of the confessional”. For a priest to reveal TO ANYBODY anything he has heard in a confession is a grave sin, incurring automatic excommunication. The last person on earth to whom a priest would blab about what he has heard is the Pope.

    Comment by Alan H — November 4, 2015 @ 5:37 pm | Reply

    • Fair point, but try telling that to England`s leading Jesuit at the time, Father Henry Garnet. He heard of the plot via the confidentiality of the confessional and immediately blabbed to Rome. He ended up hung, drawn and quartered and after his heart had been cut out, his head was placed atop a spike on London Bridge. Still, that`s probably preferable to excommunication. Pax vobiscum.

      Comment by theplastichippo — November 4, 2015 @ 6:24 pm | Reply

  2. A “barely elected” left-wing government, on the other hand………………..

    Comment by Rob — November 4, 2015 @ 6:10 pm | Reply

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