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Is bonfire left wing?

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On 13 Nov 2017 at 10:10am Busby wrote:
Funny how so often bonfire effigies are of right wing British politicians. I would have thought this year comrade Corbyn and madam Abbot would have featured.
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On 13 Nov 2017 at 10:37am Maybe wrote:
You should join a bonfire society and have a go at making one yourself if you think they're doing it wrong.

Also Bonfire, like Lewes itself includes people of all political persuasions, building a tab that would potentially alienate half your own membership would be silly so most societies will only go for British political figures if they're universally reviled, hence May being fair game for Commercial this year.
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On 13 Nov 2017 at 12:24pm Yes wrote:
Because most bonfire types are working class types
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On 13 Nov 2017 at 1:47pm No wrote:
Because any politician is worth lampooning
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On 13 Nov 2017 at 2:46pm MG wrote:
Bonfire is anti-tyranny of any kind. Tyrants have to be in power, No doubt Jeremy will feature once he becomes prime minister, as Blair and Brown both did.
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On 13 Nov 2017 at 2:51pm Fairmeadow wrote:
Historically at least Lewes Bonfire was supported by the local Tories, who made fire sites available, while it was the young and not-so-young Liberals who enrolled as special constables to suppress it. See the various Bonfire histories.
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On 13 Nov 2017 at 4:22pm drivle wrote:
Nope, not left or right wing, anti authority/tyranny/establishment.
Fairmeadow, slightly disingenuous there. The politics of the time were very much tied to religion and it was religious opposition rather than political opposition. See the various bonfire histories.
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On 13 Nov 2017 at 8:40pm And thats a fact wrote:
Being a DFL must be the pits when trying to understand bonfire, And that's a fact but if Lewes is the centre of the Cosmos, what part of the giant spiral arm of andromeda have you teleported in from?
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On 13 Nov 2017 at 8:44pm Me wrote:
Capital letter after a coma. The best part of your post. And that's a tw@t
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On 13 Nov 2017 at 10:48pm A Person wrote:
"Capital letter after a coma": how interesting! What about if you've just been asleep?
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On 13 Nov 2017 at 11:52pm Bonfire... wrote:
Bonfire is a celebration for people who were afraid to make a revolution but tug their forelocks at their masters and always will. The French have 14 July celebrating the revolution that overthrew feudalism, the Americans have 4 July when they declared their independence from the British monarchy. Lewes has Bonfire, when they declare their loyalty to their masters and bow down to the monarchy that despises them for the loyal peasants they are. They feel a little bit naughty parasing the streets with their costumes and their fireworks but they'll always be loyal subjects
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On 14 Nov 2017 at 5:58pm Tom Pain wrote:
I hope you would feel a bit naughty parasing about the streets too. It seems to happen all the time in Brighton, just be thankful it only happens once a year here and that we only tug our own forelocks not those of strangers.
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On 15 Nov 2017 at 11:21am Parasing Pillocks wrote:
Personally I find them parathetic. Kind regards


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