Picture by tony cairns
The charming English custom of burning Guy Fawkes in effigy for an alleged plot to blow up Parliament in 1605 did not arise from the people’s love of their King and Parliament. It was a duty imposed on English people by their rulers and it remained law until 1859. Had Hitler’s Third Reich endured, perhaps Germans would still be burning Jews and Communists in effigy to commemorate the Reichstag Fire of 1933. Hitler and his followers made no secret of their admiration for the ruthlessness and mendacity of Britain’s Imperialist master class and they were to prove that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.