Winston Churchill at Chartwell. Politicians have always switched partys. See below...
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March 26, 2017
This week MP Douglas Carswell who left the Conservatives for UKIP, has left UKIP to become an independent. This kind of thing is not unknown in politics, as demonstrated by one of Britain's most famous prime ministers, Winston Churchill. Churchill entered parliament in 1900 as a Conservative. He switched to the Liberals in 1904, before losing his seat in 1922. Two elections followed as an independent, before he won a seat for the Conservatives again in 1924. So Carswell has some way to go to catch up with Churchill.
Historical news for April
The Tate Modern is currently running an exhibition of Elton John's collection of modernist photography. This is one of the world's most important private collections of photography. For more information go to http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/radical-eye-modernist-photography-sir-elton-john-collection
Anniversaries for April
2nd April 1801: The Battle of Copenhagan takes place, with the Royal Navy attacking Danish ships and shore batteries in Copenhagan harbour, as retribution for an alliance between Denmark and Russia. Horatio Nelson on HMS Elephant, ignored an order from his commander to withdraw. Afterwards a lot of fanciful mythology grew up about Nelson holding up a telescope to his blind eye and saying he could not see any order.
4th April 1949 : Twelve nations including Britain sign the North Atlantic Treaty, creating NATO, an organisation dedicated to collective defense of member states. NATO would become one of the two large blocs of nations that would engage in the long Cold War which continued until the 1980s.
5th April 1621: The Mayflower leaves Plymouth Massachusettes to return to England following its voyage out to the New World.
10th April 1815: Mount Tambora erupts in Indoneasia, reducing temperatures world wide for the next two years. During the summer of 1816, young Mary Shelley, is staying beside Lake Geneva with her new husband Percy Shelley, and their friend Lord Byron. The weather is cold and wet, so Mary stays indoors and starts writing Frankenstein.
15th April 1755: Samuel Johnson's A Dictionary of the English Language is published. This was to be the first systematic English dictionary. The house in London where work on the dictionary took place still exists - see Dr Johnson's House.
25th April 1719: Daniel Defoe publishes Robinson Crusoe, one of the earliest examples of the novel in English literature.
30th April 1006: The brightest supernova in history, known as SN 1006, first appears in the sky. Initially it shines ten times more brightly than Venus, and is decribed by observers in Asia, Africa and Europe. North American petroglyphs might also be a recording of the event.
A preview of my novel - about a girl who discovers that surprisingly she can't find her way to the sort of secret world found in story books. So she searches for an alternative.
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