Losing the Plot; Bonfire Night without Guy Fawkes Is Barmy

The People (London, England), September 25, 2011 | Go to article overview

Losing the Plot; Bonfire Night without Guy Fawkes Is Barmy


Byline: Charlie Catchpole

REMEMBER, remember, the fifth of November... Gunpowder, treason and plot.

"I see no reason why gunpowder treason should ever be forgot."

So goes the rhyme commemorating the execution of Guy Fawkes, most infamous of the Catholic conspirators who plotted to blow up Parliament and kill England's Protestant King James in 1605.

Everyone knows that, don't they? However, councillors in the borough of Southwark in South London think it's time Guy Fawkes Night was forgot.

They've renamed the council's annual bonfire and firework display The Colour Thief: A Winter Extravaganza Celebrating the Change of the Seasons.

Announcing this loony move in its community mag Southwark Life, the council says: "The Colour Thief is a vibrant, inspiring and sparkling story, an outdoor spectacle to lift the spirits and warm us into winter."

There's much more similar guff about "carnival" and "theatre" - but no mention of one of the landmark dates in English history. Obviously religion doesn't get a look-in, even though religious differences were so fundamental to the November 5th conspiracy.

Why do these people hate .

Surely a progressive leftwing council such as Southwark, which preaches diversity and multi-culturalism, should wholeheartedly approve of a history lesson about the persecution and marginalising of an oppressed minority - which England's Catholics were in the 17th century? …

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