Tuesday 20 January 2015

Democracy Day

Did you know that today is Democracy Day? 750 years ago Simon de Montfort, 6th Earl of Leicester, called the first parliament of elected representatives at Westminster. He was killed by forces loyal to King Henry III at the Battle of Evesham the following year. Shown is a bas relief of Simon de Montfort in the US House of Representatives. 2015 is also the 800th anniversary of King John's putting the royal seal on Magna Carta at the behest of his rebellious barons (CLICK). With an election looming in the UK, with dissemblers on all sides trying to hoodwink the electorate, I wonder if democracy hasn't become a farce.


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