Why am I writing about the Civil War?

What Civil War? The so-called English Civil War, although it involved the Scots, Welsh and Irish as well as the English. Anyway, I don’t mean the American Civil War, or anyone else’s. It was in the 1640’s. Why am I writing about the Civil War right...

Was the Civil War about ‘Humbug’?

Why mention ‘Humbug’? When I wrote recently about divisions, in 1642 – the start of the English Civil War – and today, I had no idea how much more heated things were about to become. The PM’s response to being challenged about...

Is ‘Sanditon’ a travesty of Austen?

What is ‘Sanditon’? Sanditon is a costume drama on ITV that has divided the crowd. It is not the best historical drama I’ve seen this year (so far I’d give that award to Gentleman Jack) but it’s not the worst. (Let’s not go there,...

Are the Divisions of 2019 like those of 1642?

Divisions seem to dominate the news. Will divisions over Brexit lead to the breakup of the UK? Or to civil unrest and violence? If we were divided before, the prorogation had made things much worse. Both Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn are divisive figures within...

Why remember Peterloo – is it just history?

Why am I writing about Peterloo today? Today is the bicentenary of the Peterloo incident and the media are giving it a lot of coverage. Today is the day to remember and reflect. Many people see parallels with current events and are drawing various lessons for today. I...