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The Levellers: the first English radicals

Radical has a special meaning in English political history. It describes those whose instincts were democratic although they did not espouse the idea of a full male adult  suffrage let alone a suffrage which included women until very late in … Continue reading

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English liberty and the weakness of state power

There  were  two  great  sources  of  general  authority in  mediaeval  England.  The Church was  one,  the  other  was  the  Crown.  The mediaeval English man and woman had no great regard for either. This robust contempt for authority and the inability of either  … Continue reading

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The Free-Born Englishman

It  may  have  taken until 1928 for full  adult  suffrage  of English   men  and  women  to  arrive,   but  the   essential sentiments  which  feed the idea of  democracy –  that  human beings    are   morally  equal   and  enjoy    autonomy    as individuals  and   … Continue reading

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English Speaking Union debate: ‘This house believes that an English Parliament is the last hope for a United Kingdom’

Report and commentary on the Campaign for an English Parliament  English Speaking Union debate  24 November  2010 held at Dartmouth House, 37 Charles Street, London W1J 5ED Proposition: ‘This house believes that an English Parliament  is the last hope for a … Continue reading

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Ultimately the USA is the child of England: no England, no United States

Ultimately the USA is the child of England: no England, no United States. The nonexistence of the United States   would have made a colossal difference to the history of the past two centuries and to the present day, not least … Continue reading

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The English and the rule of law

The English desire for freedom and their rights is given practical expression in their attitude towards the law  throughout England’s history: it was respected out of all  proportion to the justice it commonly delivered. It predated  the Conquest. It survived … Continue reading

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Freedom is part of England’s cultural DNA

 It is scarcely an exaggeration to say that only in English society, and those societies deriving from it, is the notion  of individual liberty built into the social fabric. The English have been free not primarily because of legal  rights, … Continue reading

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