Category politics

Will this stop people fixing the vote?

It was on Thursday 18th July 1872 that the Royal Assent was given to the ‘Parliamentary and Municipal Elections (Ballot) Bill’. Put simply – from now on each individual vote would be cast in secret. This was a fundamental change to an age old process. No longer would those entitled to vote have to identify […]

The strange case of Commander Crabb may now be closed

Back on Friday 11th May 1956 we left the British apologizing to Russia over the incident of Frogman Crabb, and three juniors of a department of British Intelligence being moved to other units.  It appeared that the case of ‘Buster’ Crabb was officially considered to be closed. But we asked ‘was it?’ and asked you […]

The newspapers report the death of Lieutenant-Commander Lionel Crabb

We’ve seen our strange 20th century story begin with Messrs Khrushchev and Bulganin arrival in Britain and our ‘introduction’ to Lieutenant-Commander Lionel Crabb. Your scribe promised the next steps would arrive on Saturday 29th April 2017.  You will also have noticed that nothing appeared.  That can be blamed on a late arrival of the newspapers […]

Nikita Khrushchev takes charge

It was early on the morning of Saturday 25th February 1956 when Nikita Khrushchev emerged as the dominant leader of the USSR when he delivered what became known as the “Secret Speech” to a closed session of the Soviet Congress. The speech lasted some four hours as he demolished Joseph Stalin’s reputation while he told the […]

Britain’s youngest ever Prime Minister

On Friday 19th December 1783, at an age of 24 years 205 days, William Pitt ’the Younger’ became – and remains – Britain’s youngest ever Prime Minister. It is said that he was almost born to be Prime Minister having become immersed in political life from a young age – apparently expressing parliamentary ambitions at […]

Changing politics; Lions in London’s Trafalgar Square; the death of a king; music on a desert island and new rules for drivers

The diaries of Virginia Woolf abd Chips Channon give us two very personal views of the burial of King George V while newspapers grafically describe a major addition to London’s Trafalgar Square.