AUG 10th 2018

On this day

991; At the Battle of Maldon (Essex) the English were defeated by a band of inland-raiding Vikings.
After the battle, Archbishop Sigeric of Canterbury and aldermen advised King Aethelred to buy off the Vikings rather than continue the armed struggle.
The result was a payment of 10,000 Roman pounds (3,300 kg) of silver.
Take the hit; them plebs will pay.
In this era of almost instant information - must we plebs play the game!

1842; Britain passed the Mines Act - forbidding women and children from working underground.
Coal was the fuel that powered the wealth of Britain.
When the male mine workers went on strike in 1984; for almost a whole year.
They were subjected to many forms of opposition by thatcherism...
Judicial/ economic/physical/climatic/ and spin...
It wasn't thatcherism that beat the 'working class' - it was the national split in the unions.
No ballot was the excuse, for...
A substantial chunk of the midlands coal field workers to keep on producing coal.
The UK plebs voted for thatcherism.
The irony of today; one of the largest referendum vote leave results came from the Midlands area.
The nation voted for thatcherism - and the son of thatcher; bliar - and has ended up with inequality.
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1897; The founding the the RAC - the Royal Automobile Club - originally known as the Automobile Club of Great Britain.
The RAC used to be owned by the members - whatever their class or income...
The greedy gits in charge turned it into a 'foundation' and charity.
When it was sold off in 1991; the charity was paid a bribe.
Today the RAC is owned outright by a large multi-national American private equity outfit - the Carlysle Group.
If you don't think that American capitalism used 'Quantitave Easing' to acquire international assets.
Don't mention democracy backed up by death and destruction and the 'time dollar'...
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1911; British MPs voted to receive salaries for the first time.
Half a generation before the first Labour MP was elected.
In the second year of the first Labour goverment; some elected on the platform of socialism were wearing top hats and sending their sons to Eton.
Today; the greater the inequality - the less the trust between public and politician.
Don't mention the next expenses and lobbying scandals...
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1961; a tory government under Harold Mcmillan applied for membership of the EEC - the European Economic Community; founded by the 'treaty of Rome', 1957.

The decsion was much derided from both/all sides of the house.
The UK entry into the EEC was knocked back by French post war leader, Charles de Gaulle.
Britain couldn't piss inside the tent.
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The UK joined the Eu 16 years after being invited; in 1973 - the same year as Ireland and Denmark.
It joined the EU under the Ted - the tory with the teeth - Heath
The ERM was the pre-runner to the Euro - remember when a tory chancellor tried to save the pound.
I would have kicked the UK out when we refused to join the Euro.
The dominance of 'services' in the UK economy is the main reason for the relative decline.
The sooner we get back to making things; the better.
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2003; The temperature in Britain exceeded 100° F for the first time when 101.3 °F (38.5 °C) was recorded in the hamlet of Brogdale near Faversham, Kent.
In 2018 UK temperatures were 10 degrees higher than normal.
The longest and hottest heatwave for 5 year.
Climate change or weather!
The effect of climate change; after a slow build up - is forecast to be sudden and disastrous.
We have been warned ...
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Greece became a member of the EU in 1981 and was one the the first to adopt the Euro currency in 2001
A much secret report was commissioned on the economic effect of Greece leaving the EU.
Greece is still an EU member - despite being financially worse off at the moment.
The EU is as much political as Economic...
We - due to the protest vote of national inequality - are not members now.