January 31st, 2013

Anniversary of the Death of Guido Fawkes

On this morning 407 years ago, after a month of torture by the political class, Guido Fawkes in a last act of defiance jumped from the gallows, breaking his neck in the fall. Escaping having his genitals burnt before his eyes, before being hung drawn and quartered alive.

Now his name lives on, to torture the political class…


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  1. 1
    Tachybaptus says:

    A heroic, and very sensible, act. But I always wonder how he managed it after being racked so that all his joints were dislocated.

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  2. 2
    Milliner says:

    That hat is at a very jaunty angle. Is he gay?

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  3. 3
    fruitcake says:

    It would be nice if some MPs personally re-enacted the event.

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  4. 4
    Sir William says:

    Yes, my ancestor Sir William Waad made a good job of nailing all the conspirators. God save the King!

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  5. 5
    Penfold says:

    So, we celebrate yet another heroic failure.

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  6. 7
    Suggested PhD Thesis says:

    If Fawkes had been successful, would the EU have come into existence ?

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    • 73
      T'Old Fella says:

      Fawkes was just the watchman in the cellars, a relatively minor figure in the conspiracy, he, under torture gave the names of the leaders of the plot. We might have gone through Roman Catholicisation of the UK and the infant Charles would have been proclaimed king and the conspirators would hope to be able to control the young king.

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  7. 8
    Sir William says:

    In 1605 we had a choice between being ruled from Europe or by a gay Scotsman. Whereas in 2010′ er……

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  8. 10
    BBC says:

    Today is the Aniversary (407 years ago) of the death of Guido Fawkes. The BBC have documents that prove Guido Fawkes was a member of the Tory Party.

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  9. 11
    Tay King-dePisse says:

    My kinda Guy!

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  10. 12
    Guido Fawkes says:

    I’m well hung….

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  11. 15
    WVM says:

    R.I.P

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  12. 18
    Brian Paddick and husband says:

    You could drink as much as you liked then as cars didn’t exist

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  13. 19

    John Johnson’s blog just does not have the caché.

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  14. 20
    soloman says:

    The original targeted all politcal classes unlike the current who focuses on the political class as long as they arent right wing…………

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  15. 26
    P l e b says:

    That is Robert Lindsay in a jaunty hat.

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  16. 32
    Poosh says:

    I am pleased you, too, are saddened by the failure of Guido Fawkes’s to return Britain to it’s rightful Catholic state. Guido Fawkes failed to bring about a Catholic theocracy, and for this we must mourn.

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  17. 35
    Poosh says:

    No, I totally meant Guido, not Guy. Ahem.

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  18. 36
    Jack Ketch says:

    Under examination ( i.e.torture) Fawkes was asked why he was in possession of so much gunpowder. He replies that it was to “blow you Scotch buggers back to your foul mountains”.
    He obviously predicted the rise of the Labour Party and the BBC.

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  19. 37
    Tosspot says:

    From what you say, he was to be hung a number of times…

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    • 44

      He was going to do a streak in Smith Square where the question over well-hung (or not) could have been established…

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    • 58
      Fawkes Watch says:

      He was to be hung in such a way that he would not have been dispatched, and cut down before the drawing and quartering. Usually a beheading would have been performed before the quartering, which would typically be the dispatch.

      Emasculation usually took place after the initial hanging, and before the drawing. (Some argue that to be drawn refers to the act of bringing the convicted to the place of execution)

      This was standard for Treason. Mercy was really in the hands of the hang man.

      This practice was only rendered obsolete in 1870, and the death penalty for Treason revoked in 1998.

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  20. 39
    Jack Straw says:

    I would have sent him on ‘holiday’ via a stopover in Diago Garcia

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  21. 41
    I LOVE MY EU GOLD PLATED PENSION says:

    Just to go back again to what Iain Dale said the other day, he said why would any one want to be a politician,because of the way the media treats them.

    It’s quite simple really, it is of course money first,then power wealth and influence.

    None of them know what it is really like to have to earn money and then get paid for it.

    They just live off the state that they accuse the scroungers of doing.

    They are leeches off your backs!

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  22. 48
    Ol' Crummy says:

    It hath not escaped my notice, you did not yesterday similarly commemorate the execution of Charles the First, which did take place on 30 January 1649. Is the modern iteration of the Fawkes a royalist, perchance, averse to celebrating the deposing of a tyrannical monarch? One presumes that a rebel who could see one King’s death as a good thing, could not in all consistency fail to regard another’s death as a misfortune. And I did succeed, where the Papist failed, did I not? Charles the First was deader than Kelsey’s nuts when I had finished with him. Of course, I had an Army and not a ragtag crew, it must be said in fairness.

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  23. 51
    Henry Ford says:

    History is Bunk

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  24. 55
    old SHEP says:

    Always thought that you look a lot more handsome with the mask on Guido. :-)

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  25. 68
    Hava Nagila says:

    He was a psychopath whose sole goal was to re-introduce Papal-inspired religious genocide to these islands.

    Is there really anyone who’s sad that he died?

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  26. 70
    Samuel Pepys says:

    “I went out to Charing Cross to see Major General Harrison hanged, drawn, and quartered; which was done there, he looking as cheerful as any man could in that condition.”

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    Anonymous says:

    if you were a real revolutionary guido, you’d try and blow some shit up and then get yourself killed.

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  28. 79
    Catty Comment (Ms) says:

    “To torture the political class”.

    Would like to like to borrow a few thumbscrews to get yourself started?

    We are waiting.

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  29. 80
    blackfriars bridge says:

    haw-haw

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  30. 84
    Anonymous says:

    Wrong, wrong, wrong.

    He tried to snap his neck on the rope but sadly only the rope broke, leaving him to face the drawing and quartering in full consciousness.

    Surely even you have seen Starkey’s salivating description of the event.

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  31. 87
    Dr Evil says:

    Guido, you are a patriot and a felloew RC. God bless you!

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  32. 90
    Tom Catesby says:

    I told him not to stash all the barrels in the cellar!

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  33. 91
    Anonymous says:

    Hanged not hung

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  34. 92
    False Flag Spotter says:

    While attempting to give the impression some how being of-the-people, the true nature of this site is clearly hard-right and anti-working class. So instead of Guido Fawkes, would not Guy False be a better name?

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    • 93
      As Quotes to Note says:

      Have been checking “Guido Fawkes” on line and found the following remark from “Bonfire”:

      “Fawkes is a right wing nutter who supported the contras. Now we have a dummy to burn on bonfire night.”

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