New Year’s Eve
1695 – A window tax was imposed in England – a property tax based on the number of windows in a house. It was a significant social, cultural, and architectural force in England, France and Scotland during the 18th and 19th centuries. To avoid the tax some houses from the period can be seen to have bricked-up window-spaces (ready to be glazed at a later date), as a result of the tax. It was repealed in 1851.
1960 – The Farthing ceased to be legal tender in the United Kingdom. Derived from the Anglo-Saxon feorthing, a fourthling or fourth part it was worth one quarter of a penny.
Its been there since 1858, it’s officially called the Clock Tower, but most people probably know it by the name of the bell it houses – Big Ben.
But now, in the latest bit of jubilee sycophancy, it is to be renamed the Elizabeth Tower in honour of Mrs Windsor, the House of Commons has confirmed.
It follows a campaign, backed by most MPs and the three main party leaders, to rename the tower in recognition of the Queen’s 60 years of unelected privilidge. The House of Commons authorities have now agreed the change – like they were ever likely to say no.
Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood originally proposed the idea an early day motion which was backed by 40 MPs. The motion called on the House of Commons Commission to consider the change “in recognition of Her Majesty’s 60 years of unbroken public service on behalf of her country”. Mr Ellwood is no doubt contemplating a just reward in a future honours list.
And this at a time when many of those same MPs are seriously considering cutting the benefits of those already at the bottom of the pile… something that I hope voters will bear in mind come the next election.
Coming soon –
> Stonehenge to be renamed Queenhenge.
> Glastonbury Tor to be renamed Sixty Glorious Years Tor.
> London to be renamed Elizabethville.
Why not ? The sycophancy seems to know no bounds now.