November 5, 2007


It’s Guy Fawkes Day! (Robert McHenry, November 5th, 2007, Britannica Blog)

Remember, remember, the Fifth of November,
The Gunpowder Treason and Plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.

Happy Guy Fawkes Day to all our British readers. You’ve doubtless collected your pennies for the Guy and bought all sorts of fireworks; you’ve made your Guy (for other readers, an effigy of the infamous Fawkes); and you’ve piled up whatever discarded combustibles lay to hand to make a nice bonfire tonight.

It’s been a long time since I was on hand to celebrate with you, so I can only hope that the forces of nannyism and soft-headedness haven’t discouraged the burning of the Guy. It seems to me more than ever a needed reminder that there are times when a society must stand firmly together against those who would take it upon themselves to wreak damage on the institutions that bind us.

Just such a one was the fanatic Fawkes. A religious convert who, as so often is the case, was more fervent and uncompromising in defense of the faith than most of those born to it....

We've a perhaps incurable need to think ourselves and our times unique, so it's fascinating to read Antonia Fraser's Faith and Treason and recognize all the similarities to today.

Note that the current multicultural mania of the elites is even going to cause exactly what Mr. McHenry feared, Guy Fawkes Is Spared, and England Is Restive (SARAH LYALL, 11/05/07, NY Times)

Deep in the bowels of the York Dungeon, visitors were being treated to a dramatic rendition of the horrific torture and bloodcurdling screams of Guy Fawkes, the city’s most famous deceased resident. Up at the cash register, Kate Stapylton, the duty manager, was talking about the health and safety regulations governing the attraction.

No wet floors. No obstructions in the passageways. Many well-lighted emergency exits. But even with her respect for such policies — “You don’t want anyone to hurt themselves,” she said — Ms. Stapylton said it was a bit much that, apparently because of health and safety rules, York would not be sponsoring a traditional fireworks celebration for Guy Fawkes Night on Monday.

“Personally, I think it’s a bit silly,” she said.

York, along with many other municipalities, has often been the scene of huge events — fireworks, bonfires, the burning of creepy effigies of Fawkes — to commemorate the failure of Fawkes’s plan to blow up Parliament and the king in 1605, a shocking moment in British history. But in the face of increasingly onerous regulations, none are taking place in the city this year.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 5, 2007 8:20 AM

The treason had been disregard of the bull of deposition.

Posted by: Lou Gots at November 7, 2007 3:49 PM