Is it time to give Guy Fawkes a break?

November 5, 2009

BRITAIN/It’s bonfire night, and once again poor old Guido gets it.

Up and down the country he will be burned in effigy for the dastardly crime of trying to blow up the Houses of Parliament over 400 years ago.

But wait — after all the moats, duck houses and house-flipping of the past 12 months, should it not now be conceded that he might have had a point, even if his methods were a little extreme?

With Westminster held in little more than contempt by many people who have been appalled at the greed and sharp practice of some of our MPs, surely Guy Fawkes should — maybe for just one year — be regarded as more of a hero than a villain. A sort of sabbatical from the day job.

That of course would leave a vacancy on top of all the woodpiles stacked waiting and ready for tonight.

Who should we put there instead?

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Tony Blair ? He seems to be after every job going.

Posted by Bill Shepherd | Report as abusive

The sitting MP in every Labour constituency across the land.

There can be no better place for them. And stoke the fires with the malicious legislation they’ve produced over the past 12 years.

Posted by Jason | Report as abusive

Oh but surely this is the whole point of the Guy Fawkes bonfire night thing! It’s a rare and delicious opportunity for ‘the people’ to warn their government that they will never be never 100% beyond the reach of public justice.

I should add that I am not condoning any acts of violence agaainst other planetary co-habitees. (man!)

Posted by Bill Fawkes | Report as abusive

[...] can only be beaten, mistreated, and marginalized for so long before they snap. As Stephen Addison wrote on the Reuters blog, “should it not now be conceded that [Fawkes] might have had a point, [...]

It is the greatest display of anti-catholicism in all of Britian. Of course it should be banned!!!

Posted by Chris | Report as abusive

[...] Stephen Addison wrote on the Reuters blog, “should it not now be conceded that [Fawkes] might have had a point, [...]

To the author who wants to see evry Labour M.P. put on the top of the bonfire….
I seem to remember that it was “the blessed Margaret” who incited riots against the “Poll-tax” and the Miners’ strike and initiated unemployment of over 2 million people. I put it to you, therefore, that Conservative party and the Labour party are, in reality, no better than each other. However, is there any alternative? other than mass migration, that is!!

Posted by Keithyb | Report as abusive

(from http://www.progressivepress.com/peacewee k/goyfox.html ). I encourage you to go there and read more about it.
[begin]
The Grand-daddy of all Fake Terror Fall Guys: Guy Fawkes

Then: The Gunpowder Plotters – a Myth since the 17th century.

2005 marks the fourth anniversary of 9/11 – and the 400th anniversary of state-sponsored false-flag terrorism or synthetic terror in the English-speaking world: Guy Fawkes Day.

Even now, few understand that plot: Guy was no fox but a dupe ensnared by the chief minister himself in a madcap scheme to blow up King and Parliament. The real plot was royally successful: to invent a pretext for war with Spain. This fraud was the foundation of the British empire. (more at http://www.progressivepress.com/peacewee k/goyfox.html )

Posted by Guy | Report as abusive

There’s something deeply anarchic and English about Guy Fawkes night, which is why the tossers want it banned. Sure, he was a dupe, but he did want to kill the King and let in the Inquisition and foreign rule. Perhaps why Noo Labour dupes want it banned, a little too close to home for them?
Secret Services always let plots “mature” otherwise you never get to the root of the plot. No one made Guy and his friends start their ploting.
Over the years many folk have been burned in effigy, from all political parties and none, few folk see it as especially anti papist these days and Roman Catholics in Lewes take part.
Calls for its banning come from the weasels who want to strip this nation of its nationhood. I grew up in Southall where Sikhs, Hindus and Muslims celebrated it, and where it now forms a week or so of firework filled nights along with Diwalli. Guy Fawkes night is old and modern, just like Britain.

Posted by David | Report as abusive

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Posted by Kasey | Report as abusive