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Historical footnote to Syria vote
10:00am Wednesday 4th September 2013 in Letters
Sir – The last time the House of Commons voted against a Government going to war was in 1782.
The then Prime Minister, Lord North, was defeated by 19 votes on the continuance of the war with the rebel American colonies following the British Army’s defeat at Yorktown. He resigned soon afterwards.
Isn’t it ironic that the Government was defeated 231 years later on the issue, this time, of supporting America going to war (in Syria) by 13 votes – lucky or unlucky depending on one’s viewpoint.
Further irony is the fact that the present Prime Minister represents the same constituents as Lord North did in 1782.
Perhaps history lessons are important after all.
David Barnby, New Yatt Road, Witney
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