The “Gunpowder Plot”

The Guy Fawkes Night, also called Bonfire Night, is an annual fireworks festivity celebrated in mainly English cultural tradition countries all over the world.

 It is probably unfamiliar to many pyrotechnic enthusiasts and many people who light bonfires and set off fireworks, that it evokes a troubled period of English politics back in 1605 in the sovereignty of King James I, in early seventeenth century England, when a disgruntled group of citizens conspired a plan  to blow up the Houses of Parliament,  to target the state opening of parliament, when the lords, Commons and the king himself would be assembled together.

The man that supposed to carry out with the plan, charged with lighting the fuse, was a war veteran, familiar to handing of explosives,called Guido Fawkes.

The conspirator and his group managed to plant 36 barrels of gunpowder in the cellars underneath the Houses of Parliament in London, ready to set off a massive explosion

The conspirator’s justification for obliterating Parliament was disturbingly simple:

“In that place have they done us all the mischief, and perchance God hath designed British Parliament, is the supreme legislative body of the United Kingdom that place for their punishment.”

The plot was found out ,the plot aborted and the conspirators executed.

Four hundred years later that sentiment of dissatisfaction facing a scheming Parliament subsists.

Last week, in just another day in the “Brexit  “,the ongoing British out of the European Union membership saga, the British  Prime Minister  Boris Johnson, is facing the same distress with the Parliament  .

Like in King James times the country is divided.

Religion was at that time the divisive issue,between Protestants and Catholics, a problem that subsists today and that is also one of the main topic of negotiations with the European Union ; the Irish and Northern Ireland border after England leaves Europe.

This time the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson decided to suspend the Parliament for a month, in an attempt to curb lawmakers’ attempts to block his British EU exit agenda.

Unlike his previous rebellious counterparts,Boris Johnson ,whatever his feeling of frustration may be, did not resort to gunpowder to blow up the hostile kingdom’s supreme legislative body.

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