The Somerset Guardian, 4th November 2020

Last week, Jeremy Corbyn, was suspended from the Labour Party following his critical response to the Equality and Human Rights Commission's report on anti-Semitism.

Alas for Sir Keir Starmer, even if he were able to expunge his party's longstanding, deep-seated racism and seek atonement it is indicative of a party that is fundamentally at odds with this country.  Labour is ashamed of Britain's history but what it overlooks is the patriotism felt by the people of this nation.

As Parliament Week unfurls, it is right to remember how forthright our ancestors were in checking the absolute power of the monarch. The Magna Carta, the cornerstone of our freedom, was officially slotted into place in 1215 but in truth, those rights were gained from Edward the Confessor.

Later on, the establishment of the House of Commons in 1265 and the crucial Statute of Tallage of 1297 required the monarch to ask Parliament first before charging new taxes.  Even Henry VIII ruled through Parliament and his daughter, Elizabeth I, helped the Dutch in their disagreements with Phillip II of Spain, defeating his Armada in 1588.

Our nation has created heroes who continue to inspire so it is vital that their statues are protected as well as the ones of rogues and tyrants in order that we learn from those who failed or were cruel.

A few years ago, this was not a controversial view.  Indeed, not many decades ago a Labour leader could speak with pride of a thousand years of British history but seemingly, no more.  Our ancestors in 1215 were proud of their history.  We – including the Labour Party - should be too.

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