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31,684.  The idea of two nations in Ireland is revolting and hateful.  The idea of our agreeing to the partition of our nation is unthinkable.  (Ireland & Northern Ireland & United Kingdom)  John Redmond, Nationalist leader 11th April 1912

 

 

31,687.  No man has a right to fix the boundary of the march of a nation; no man has a right to say to his country – thus far shalt thou go and no further.  (Ireland & Northern Ireland & United Kingdom)  Charles Stewart Parnell, speech Cork 21st January 1885

 

 

31,727.  In January 1919 Sinn Fein declared Ireland’s independence and formed its own parliament, the Doyle.  This was an assault on the Empire as well as the United Kingdom.  Michael Collins set up an elite team of IRA assassins known as the 12 Apostles.  They efficiently targeted British troops and collaborators.  The British responded with a MI5 team of British agents, known as the Cairo Gang.  In November 1919 Collins set out to destroy them.  At 8 one Sunday morning the 12 Apostles burst into eight houses and shot fourteen British agents dead ... Now the violence spread in all directions.  Sinn Fein and the Doyle were outlawed.  British forces stormed through Ireland. After 18 months of terror Eamon de Valera and Lloyd George agreed to a truce.  Talks began in October 1921.  De Valera stayed at home and ordered Collins to join the Irish delegation in London.  If he came back with less than Sinn Fein’s full demands, Collins knew he’d be the scapegoat.  As the negotiations began, he said to a fellow Republican, ‘You might say the trap is sprung.’  The talks moved towards a compromise: with Ireland self-governing but still inside the British Empire, and with the six predominantly Protestant northern counties free to choose to remain within the United Kingdom.  After nearly two months the Irish delegation was still agonising over the deal.  With a theatrical flourish Lloyd George arrived brandishing two envelopes: one contained the agreements and the other the refusal to come to terms.  ‘If I send this letter,’ he said, ‘it’s war.  And war within three days.  Will you give peace or war to your country?  We must have your answer by ten p.m. tonight.’  One by one the Irish representatives signed the agreements.  Michael Collins believed he was giving Ireland something it had wanted for seven hundred years.  But that night in his lodgings he wrote, ‘This morning I have signed my death warrant’.  (Ireland & Northern Ireland & United Kingdom)  Andrew Marr, The Making of Modern Britain

 

31,728.  Britain was confronted by the single most violent act on British soil since the war.  After the arrival of British troops in Northern Ireland in 1969 there had been increasing violence in the province.  When Edward Heath introduced Internment without trial for suspected terrorists tension reached boiling point.  On the 30th January 1972 a protest march was planned by the nationalist Catholic community of Londonderry or Derry ... From behind the barricades the orders went out to the Paras, Go and get ’em, and good luck ... And then it started: in barely thirty minutes thirteen civilians were dead ... Five of them were shot in the back ... The events around Bloody Sunday remain hotly disputed territory ... Before Bloody Sunday the IRA was comparatively puny and after it the violence spread in all directions.  Within months an IRA bombing campaign was terrorising the mainland.  (Ireland & Northern Ireland & United Kingdom & IRA & Internment)  ibid.

 

 

98,088.  This is the most dramatic and important democratic decision ever taken by the British people.  But it leaves our country deeply divided.  (Great Britain & United Kingdom & Democracy & Vote & Election & Division)  Andrew Marr, The Andrew Marr Show 26 June 2016  

 

98,089.  This has been the rebellion of the diminished against the cocky, the ignored against the shapers of modern times, and the struggling against the strutting.  (Great Britain & United Kingdom & Democracy & Vote & Election & Division)  ibid.   

 

 

31,867.  This is the story of a secret British army unit set up to deal with enemies of the state on the streets of the United Kingdom.  (Northern Ireland & United Kingdom)  Britain’s Secret Terror Force, BBC 2013

 

31,868.  The Unit carried out round the clock patrols of West Belfast.  (Northern Ireland)  ibid.

 

 

31,655.  The United Kingdom is a corporation: now up to February last year it was The United Kingdom PLC.  In February it was dissolved, and they’ve never published their accounts ... They are now registered the United Kingdom Limited.  John Harris, lecture Lawful Rebellion

 

 

31,656.  The UK is currently the only European nation to have suspended Article 5 of the European Convention of Human Rights which prevents such detention ... Consider the cases of the following terrorists: Walter Wolfgang, the eighty-two-year-old pensioner removed from the Labour Party Conference in September 2005 for heckling Jack Straw, and then after he tried to gain re-entry, detained under the Terrorism Act; eight-year-old John Catt stopped by police for wearing a T-shirt suggesting that Bush and Blair be tried for war crimes - searched under the Terrorism Act; Sally Cameron arrested and held for four hours for walking on a cycle path in Dundee – under the Terrorism Act; Isabelle Ellis-Cockcroft stopped and searched under the Terrorism Act despite being eleven years old.  (United Kingdom & Great Britain & England & Terrorism & War on Terrorism)  Ludicrous Diversion: 7/7 Bombings

 

31,657.  Ironically, it’s not the terrorists attacking our way of life but our own government.  Through the expansion of police powers and stringent anti-terrorist measures being imposed upon Britain, they are using our fear for our safety to restrict our liberty and they are using their false promises of security to erode our privacy.  This is happening now.  And it’s happening to every person in the UK.  (United Kingdom & Great Britain & England & Terrorism & War on Terrorism)  ibid.

 

 

31,919.  If you hear Anarchy in the UK today your hair stands on end.  It gives you the shivers.  (United Kingdom & Punk)  Vivienne Westwood

 

 

31,920.  The thing about the UK is we don’t really make that many great movies.  (United Kingdom & Film)  Jason Statham

 

 

32,263.  As Edward VIII he reigned for just three hundred and twenty six days before abdicating in disgrace.  Best known for his affair and subsequent marriage to Wallis Simpson.  (Edward VIII & Great Britain & England & United Kingdom & Appeasement)  Edward VIII: The Traitor King, Channel 4 1995

 

32,264.  Evidence has now emerged that he passed national secrets to foreign governments.  And of his complicity with Adolf Hitler.  And of his financial dealings.  (Edward VIII & Great Britain & England & United Kingdom & Appeasement)  ibid.

 

32,265.  Edward had an abiding love for all things German.  (Edward VIII & Great Britain & England & United Kingdom & Appeasement)  ibid.

 

32,266.  And frequently dodged his duties to have affairs usually with married women.  (Edward VIII & Great Britain & England & United Kingdom & Affairs & Appeasement)  ibid.

 

32,267.  He soon gathered a new breed of courtier around him.  (Edward VIII & Great Britain & England & United Kingdom & Appeasement)  ibid.

 

32,268.  Increasingly, Edward was seen as a security risk.  (Edward VIII & Great Britain & England & United Kingdom & Appeasement)  ibid.

 

32,269.  Not one word of his affair had been reported to the British press.  (Edward VIII & Great Britain & England & United Kingdom & Affairs & Appeasement)  ibid.

 

32,270.  In October 1936 the Simpson divorce came through.  (Edward VIII & Great Britain & England & United Kingdom & Affairs & Appeasement)  ibid.

 

32,271.  She was to be the public excuse.  (Edward VIII & Great Britain & England & United Kingdom & Appeasement)  ibid.

 

32,272.  The truth is that Edward’s unacceptable political beliefs and wilful actions were the key reasons for his removal.  (Edward VIII & Great Britain & England & United Kingdom & Appeasement)  ibid.

 

32,273.  The Duke and Duchess finally set off to meet their host Adolf Hitler at his mountain retreat.  (Edward VIII & Great Britain & England & United Kingdom & Appeasement)  ibid.

 

32,274.  His treachery is proved by a detailed inspection of the German foreign policy documents of the Second World War.  (Edward VIII & Great Britain & England & United Kingdom & Appeasement)  ibid.

 

32,275.  They were warmly welcomed by Franco and his government.  (Edward VIII & Great Britain & England & United Kingdom & Appeasement)  ibid.

 

32,276.  Edward was still convinced that appeasing Hitler was the answer, and the war was a mistake.  (Edward VIII & Great Britain & England & United Kingdom & Appeasement)  ibid.

 

32,277.  Edward died in 1972 with most of his secrets intact.  (Edward VIII & Great Britain & England & United Kingdom & Appeasement)  ibid.

 

 

32,281.  There is another story: seventy years ago King Edward VIII was pushed off the throne.  It was a coup engineered by a powerful conspiracy of court, church and government.  (Edward VIII & Great Britain & England & United Kingdom & Conspiracy & Coup)  Abdication: A Very British Coup BBC

 

32,282. Many members in the government fear Edward’s mass appeal and apparent disregard for the established order.  (Edward VIII & Great Britain & England & United Kingdom & Coup)  ibid.

 

32,283.  Edward was as popular as ever with his subjects.  (Edward VIII & Great Britain & England & United Kingdom & Coup)  ibid.

 

32,284.  The future Queen Mother detested everything about Wallis Simpson.  (Edward VIII & Great Britain & England & United Kingdom & Coup)  ibid.

 

32,285.  The King had played straight into Baldwin’s hands.  (Edward VIII & Great Britain & England & United Kingdom & Coup)  ibid.

 

32,286.  Four days later Baldwin drove to Fort Belvedere and told the King that the Empire was unanimous in its opposition to the Morganatic marriage.  But he was not telling the full truth.  (Edward VIII & Great Britain & England & United Kingdom & Coup)  ibid.

 

110,658.  Not a word of the crisis had yet appeared in the British press.  (Edward VIII & Great Britain & England & United Kingdom & Coup)  ibid.

 

110,659.  ‘The storm is best; the fat is now properly in the fire.’  (Edward VIII & Great Britain & England & United Kingdom & Coup)  ibid.  Henry Chips Channon

 

110,660.  Parliament and country were divided over the crisis … a groundswell of popular support.  (Edward VIII & Great Britain & England & United Kingdom & Coup)  ibid.

 

110,661.  Baldwin was delighted and relieved.  (Edward VIII & Great Britain & England & United Kingdom & Coup)  ibid.

 

110,662.  He had been king for 326 days.  (Edward VIII & Great Britain & England & United Kingdom & Coup)  ibid.

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