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Since coming to power in 1997 the British Labour Government has introduced 3,605 new offences – an average of one every day! You really have to wonder what on earth any government thinks it is doing by introducing a new criminal offence every day. Are they necessary? Are they desirable? Have they made the public […]

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The Virgin Islands were named by Christopher Columbus on his second voyage (1493) for Saint Ursula and her virgin followers. Over the next three hundred years, the islands were held by Spain, Britain, the Netherlands, France, and Denmark-Norway. The Danish West India Company settled on Saint Thomas in 1672, on Saint John in 1694, and […]

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In the early hours of 2nd August more than 100,000 Iraqi soldiers backed up by 700 tanks invaded the Gulf state of Kuwait. The Iraqi forces established a provisional government and President Saddam Hussein gave a speech in which he threatened to turn Kuwait city into a “graveyard” if any other country dared to challenge […]

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On June 24th 1314 the Scottish army led by Robert the Bruce beat Edward II of England at the Battle of Bannockburn. Many people only know the history of the battle, and indeed of the Scottish struggle for independence, from films and popular songs. Hollywood has never been strong on historical fact as Mel Gibson’s […]

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First meeting in 930 AD the Icelandic parliament (the Althing) is the oldest parliament in the world. However it has not operated continuoulsy which is why the Isle of Man, Parliament, (the Tynwald) established in 979 AD is the oldest continuously sitting parliament still operating. The Althing’s establishment, as an outdoor assembly held on the plains of Þingvellir […]

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I was in London on business last week and on Wednesday evening, and after a long day of meetings I arrived to late to eat at my hotel so I decided to have a meal in a small Indian Restaurant not far from the House of Commons.  As is common in many such establishments the […]

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