Gunpowder Treason & Plot: Forgiven

By sizemore Last edited 167 months ago
Gunpowder Treason & Plot: Forgiven

Four hundred years from now the descendants of Ken Livingstone may finally make peace with the Daily Mail group but we doubt it. Perhaps the Standard and its grubby siblings will by then have moved on to point out their hatred of Martians (beaming down here, taking our jobs...) or mastered time travel technology in order to decorate their offices with authentic Third Reich memorabilia.

We are having this flight of fancy after reading that the opposing sides in the gunpowder plot of 1605 are finally going to bury the hatchet.

It seems that the Duke of Northumberland, a distant relative of plotter Thomas Percy will be shaking hands with the Marquess of Salisbury, who in turn is the descendent of Robert Cecil, a minister under King James I.

We doubt that this will mean an end to the annual re-roasting of the Guy Fawkes effigy but this year at least a number of other commemorations will surround November 5th, including an exhibition at Shakespeare's Globe and a new play about the plot at Tower Hill.

A quick word about the screen-grab featured above. We were lucky enough to spot a marvellous typo over on the BBC's online coverage of Ken Livingstone's latest jab at right-wing media.

The BBC has corrected the mistake now but we reserve the right to continue calling Londonist's cat litter The Daily Maily from now on.

Last Updated 22 February 2005