1776 And All That

To be honest, I've always had my doubts about American independence. It seemed to me that our former colonials would be far better off if we were still in charge. And, if not better off, at least a bit more civilised.

This evening, 143 years after it abolished slavery, America celebrates the election of its first black president. Meanwhile, back in Blighty, we are burning effigies of catholics a mere 403 years after the Gunpowder Plot.

I stand corrected. I think the Americans have proved they can get by just fine without our help.

Richard Carter

A fat, bearded chap with a Charles Darwin fixation.


  1. This whole Bonfire night thing is to celebrate my birthday (don't even bother with gifts or cards now, it would only rub salt in the wound of you all forgetting!), anything that happened on that date before my birth is irrelevant. On the American Independence thing, sometime in the 70s I think there was a TV play about how America became bankrupt and pleaded with Britain to take it back. Seems to me we're almost there.

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