Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Guy Fawkes bonfire banned in his home town

This year marks the 402nd anniversary of the failed plot by one Guido Fawkes to blow up Parliament and inflict a fatal blow upon the Protestant Reformed Religion established by law. Mr Fawkes, who was born in April 1570 in Stonegate, York, was in charge of executing the Roman Catholic plot to blow up Parliament and the Protestant King James I during the State Opening of Parliament on November 5th, 1605. The plot was uncovered at the last minute and Mr Fawkes was caught and executed in grisly fashion early in 1606. Since then, the nation has held a ritual effigy-burning celebration each year.

Guy Fawkes night has become tradition; part of what it means to be English. Now, however, petty laws are beginning to impinge upon such cultural expressions. A bonfire celebration in York, the home town of Mr Fawkes, has been banned on ‘health and safety grounds’. After years of unfettered burning of the guy, York City Football Club has been told that their ground is now ‘too small to ensure spectator safety’.

The problem is exacerbated because the football club was proposing to hold a firework display in a certified sports ground, and this meant they had to apply to York's ‘Safety at Sports Advisory Group’ for a ‘Special Safety Certificate’. One begins to understand how the volume of paperwork and the labyrinth of special permissions from a plethora of committees becomes an insurmountable hurdle to holding such events.

Having just witnessed sundry ad hoc Eid fireworks, and imminently to witness sundry ad hoc Diwali fireworks, one wonders why it is only November 5th that is singled out for ‘health and safety’ concerns. Indeed, some councils are replacing Guy Fawkes with more ‘culturally relevant’ alternatives, obscuring completely the date’s enormous significance in British history. There is, however, no question at all of councils interfering with Eid and Diwali events, since to do so would be considered ‘racist’.

According to the Coronation Oath Act, 1953, section IV, the Queen swore ‘to govern the peoples of the United Kingdom according to their laws and customs’ and ‘to maintain the Protestant Reformed religion established by law. Since it is custom to celebrate the burning of this Papist traitor, it has become part of Protestant cultural expression. Yet the annual occasion is considered an ‘anti-Catholic ritual’ at least as offensive as the Act of Settlement, and therefore quite obviously has to go.


Blogger AethelBald, King of Wessex said...

The end of excitement and adventure as we formerly knew them is apon us. When I was a child, my grandfather showed me how to make fireworks from weedkiller (still available in an attenuated form though I haven't tried it yet). I was absolutely delighted to learn this skill and I still am. But then, perhaps I'm a terrorist? Or maybe my grandfather was a terrorist?

When I was a teenager, I was taught camping and expedition skills and this became my idea of adventure for the next 20 years or so. But then, perhaps I'm deranged? People have died on these expeditions. They should be stopped, at least until Snowdonia can be fitted wih safety nets and bright lights.

Climbing Everest should be illegal. Drugs should be illegal. Sailing should be illegal. Rugby should definitely be illegal, along with sex. Fun, in general, is to be deprecated and should generally be illegal, except where the Health and Safety Executive sees fit to grant an exemption.

Thank goodness then that we have TV, iPods and the internet. We can easily replace the real thing with a digital substitute. Only a few unfortunates will have to actually take the terrible risks of actually doing something exciting. The rest of us can sit back and watch it on TV.

But wait, isn't sitting doing nothing also dangerous? Yikes! What is a good citizen to do?

Actually I know what to do. Ignore the bastards. They are a herd of idiots, an almost mindless scum of automatons. So bring on your Firework Raves! Get high! Fill your boots with beer. Sail to Iceland in a dinghy or die trying. In other words, get a life and stop trying to be good. Concentrate instead on being free.

24 October 2007 at 11:33  
Anonymous oiznop said...

This really irritates me. In order to cease being offensive, you have to re-write British history. And if you can't re-write it, you issue rules and regulations to modify or quash it altogether.

Why can't we rejoice in our history and heritage, like America or France? Or is England and the English becoming as abhorrent as Israel and the Jews?

24 October 2007 at 12:08  
Anonymous Neo said...

Given this is an isolated incident confined to York, It would be interesting to assess the demographic nature of the reason.

I suspect that would go some way to highlighting why Diwali/Eid celebrations are deemed less worthy of attention than those of Bonfire Night.

This is not a nationwide attack on Christianity marking a dramatic move away from tradition, it is an isolated annd fairly futile regulation which, mark my words, will amount to nothing.

24 October 2007 at 13:22  
Anonymous Neo said...


24 October 2007 at 13:23  
Anonymous nedsherry said...

Does His Grace not realize that the Christian West and the whites who built it are marked for destruction? We white Christians were, as the Judaeocentric bigot Dr Lancaster has so helpfully pointed out, responsible for 2000 years of attempted extermination of the Jews, culminating in the central evil of human history: the Holocaust. We have a new religion based on it. For Christianity read Holocaustianity: Auschwitz = Calvary; Jews = Christ; whites = deicides, demons etc; liberals, ethnics, gays, etc = saints; racism, homophobia, sexism, etc = deadly sins.

There is, however, no question at all of councils interfering with Eid and Diwali events, since to do so would be considered ‘racist’.

Yes, the worst of all sins, because it led to the Holocaust. But it is a sin unique to whites according to the dogmas of Holocaustianity. That's why we have been turned into second-class citizens in our own nations. Our traditions and culture are constantly under attack; those of the invaders are celebrated. And it all goes back to Judaeocentric bigots like Dr Lancaster and Rabbi Julia Neuberger:

She states:

It is a very good thing if a Hindu chaplain opens the senate proceedings with prayer.
We are just beginning to try to move away from the only prayers (every day, before proceedings start) in the House of the Lords in the UK being conducted by the Church of England bishops. There is no sign of a move. I cannot comment on church and state divides, but in terms of having prayers at all, it is a huge improvement to have people of all faiths conducting the prayers from time to time, and it works very well in the Scottish parliament...

Cranmer won’t comment on her feeling that prayers led by Church of England bishops needs improving upon, but it is a wonder indeed that a rabbi should be agitating for such a reform. She is manifestly ignorant of the differences that exist between a state from which the church is divided, and one in which it is established.

She is not ignorant at all: she is a Judaeocentric bigot promoting that which harms her enemy. His Grace would not have needed all this to be pointed out in his original incarnation, wherein he would have been horrified beyond measure to see a rabbi of any kind, let alone a female one, in the House of Lords.

24 October 2007 at 13:24  
Blogger ENGLISHMAN said...

The Un declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples:article 8."Indigenous peoples and individuals have the right not to be subjected to forced assimilation or destruction of thier culture"article 11."Indigenous peoples have the right to practice and re-vitalize thier cultural traditions and customs.this includes the right to maintain , protect and develop the past,present and future manifestations of thier cultures.
article 13."Indigenous peoples have the right to revitalize, use, develop and transmit to future generations thier histories,languages,oral traditions, philosophies,writing systems and literatures, and to designate and retain thier own names for communities,places and persons"
Here is something that we can use to defend ourselves,our culture and our childrens future from the slimey pools of westminster and brussels,or are you just going to talk!

24 October 2007 at 17:20  
Blogger Jeremy Jacobs said...


I think you are being very harsh on Rabbi Julia. She's done a terrific amount for both the secular and Jewish communities.

24 October 2007 at 18:24  
Anonymous Curly said...

I wish this were an isolated incident Neo, but there is anecdotal evidence of this killing off of a 400 odd year old tradition all over the UK. I posted just three days ago bemoaning the efforts of my local council. It seems they are determined to wipe Mr. Fawkes from the history book!

24 October 2007 at 22:05  
Anonymous nedsherry said...

Jeremy Jacobs writes:

I think you are being very harsh on Rabbi Julia. She's done a terrific amount for both the secular and Jewish communities.

Er, yes, that was the point of my criticism: she attacks Christianity and helps its enemies because she's a Judaeocentric bigot. But what exactly is the "secular community"?

24 October 2007 at 22:55  
Blogger Letters From A Tory said...

Give me strength. Health and safety? Why don't we just ban cooking whilst we're at it, seeing as you can hurt yourself doing that as well? And let's ban fairgrounds and sports matches, seeing as you can get injured there as well.

In fact, let's all stay and home and lock ourselves up. Much safer that way.

25 October 2007 at 07:57  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@ letters from a tory,

When you have locked yourself in, make sure that you have correctly affixed your tag and that the system is making the necessary calls to miniluv!

25 October 2007 at 14:12  
Blogger Wrinkled Weasel said...

This couuld go two ways: either we update the affair and go for 7th July when we burn the effigy of a Muslim, or we let bygones be bygones and let poor old Guido rest in peace (or replace him with Martin Maginnis).

I don't like fireworks. For weeks either side of 11/5 young thugs take delight in tying them to cats or throwing them around generally. It's a curse.

I shall be away from it all visiting the Reformation Wall.

26 October 2007 at 10:38  

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