Sunday, 4 May 2014
Guillotine gates and civil war.
We pulled in to Billing Aquadrome looking for water and decided to have a couple of days of "civilisation". It's not bad, eight quid a night and totally secure moorings and despite the close proximity of the main bar it has been quiet.
We do like the mild eccentricity of the British and were pleased to find that that august body of men and women, the Sealed Knot, were top of the bill.
In the end the forces of parliament carried the day and they all went off down the beer tent to relive the events.
Of course after Cromwell turned his toes up the Stuarts came back for a while but parliament only regained any power when a rather minor prince from Hannover was invited over and became George I. The large land owners then lost power as the industrialists rose to power. It wasn't until the Reform Act of 1832 that the rotten boroughs were done away with and the franchise expanded although there were still property requirements. It was not until the 1920's that we gained universal suffrage. So don't give me the old guff that Cromwell had anything to do with democracy.
Watch this space........