FEB 24th 2018

On this day

1303; The Battle of Roslin - a battle of the First War of Scottish Independence.
The war itself lasted from the invasion by England in 1296 until the legal restoration of Scottish independence with the Treaty of Edinburgh - Northampton in 1328.
'On yonder hill, there stands a coo'
'I think it's gone, it's no there noo'
If! history repeats itself - and, surely it does; Scottish independence is due soon.
Who are you to disagree! GOSH

1909; Suffragettes attempted to break into the Houses of Parliament. The police made 29 arrests.
1920; Lady Nancy Astor, (the first woman to ever hold a seat in the House of Commons), became the first woman to speak in Parliament.
She was not the first female MP -the honour goes to an Irish Republican who did not take up her place in parliament.
History again GOSH

Nancy was a yank who married into American money - divorced - and married into the nouveaux rich peerage of the UK.
She was a con job - far from hoi polloi.
She was persuaded to stand down by the gentlemen of the era; when she became dysfunctional.
History burping again GOSH

1950; Clement Attlee was returned as prime minister, but with a single figure majority.
Yes the UK electorate voted for the (keep it under the covers) alcoholic killing machine known as Winnie to his conveniently expeditious chums.
Don't mention the magic money tree...
Clement was an earl with many similarities - too many to list here - to Jeremy - Jeremy who!
Both as leader - and PM - of the Labour Party had to reluctantly accept compromise.
Here we go again GOSH

1999; Jack Straw; labour Home Secretary at the time, published the McPherson Report into the police handling of the murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence.
The Metropolitan Police were criticised for what the report called 'institutionalised racism'.
This was the era of semantic innovation in the era of spin and grin of the blairites and political opposition
Instititionalised racism was a new one - could it have been invented by a civil servant!
The vast majority were merely reincarnations...
Is!' economic with the truth' one - there are many many more...
Go on, have a go GOSH

Who knows the future of Greece - your guess is as good as mine.