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@JubalBarca rightly corrected my trivia the other day in observing a minority politician from what writer Ehrenburg and Hobsbawm termed the ‘long nineteenth century’. So today we dig a little deeper than Dadabhai Naoroji in 1892…

Trivia question: Henry Stanley, Lord Stanley of Alderley, became the first Muslim member of the House of Lords in 1859. It would be 26 years before the appointment of a Jewish peer. Who was that peer?

Trivia question: Sir John Redwood, the Tory MP and former cabinet minister, turns 71 today. He earned what Star Trek-inspired nickname during his 1995 leadership challenge to John Major?

Answer: Diane Abbott, Paul Boateng, Bernie Grant and Keith Vaz.

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Trivia question: The 1987 general election was held 35 years ago this weekend when four black and minority ethnic Labour MPs were elected for the first time in modern history. Who were they?

Answer: Live radio broadcasting. Tony Benn was the first minister to be questioned on air.

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Trivia question: What did parliament allow for the first time in 1975?

was a pretty good month for Lord Liverpool. His was on the 7th; on the 8th (1812) he became & on the 9th (1814) he was made a Knight of the Garter.

Though born more than thirty after the end of the Second World War, the global conflagration suffused my childhood. My father served in the War and carried the scars throughout his life. He was one of the lucky ones.

As a consequence, every year I take a moment to remember those who put their lives on the line to secure the freedoms I have enjoyed all my life.

robert.winter.ink/into-the-jaw

Humans appear to be flying or levitating in some of the ancient cave art of Tassili N'Ajjer, Algeria; dated to approximately 9500 BC.

If Google, or any other search engine, does not present truthful answers, then my view of a subject is fundamentally coloured by the lobby group or advertisers who have monopolised the search result.

robert.winter.ink/jotting-anat

A unilateral ceasefire is just a prelude to the next escalation.

By a man who knows the region. Harald Malmgren is a geopolitical strategist, negotiator and former aide to Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford.

unherd.com/2022/06/putins-war-

“It is more important to know where you are going than to get there quickly. Do not mistake activity for achievement.”

- Isocrates

Today, spurred on by a marvelous post by @dajbelshaw, I mused on 5 reasons I will be celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

robert.winter.ink/pro-monarchy

‘According to the sociologist Nathalie Paton, rampage shootings represent a perverse expression of some of our culture’s dominant values, including self-expression, autonomy, and authenticity. “Nowadays the social norm is to ask each and every person to pursue individuation, to become autonomous,” she says. “But it’s a paradox — when you ask everyone to be original not everyone can be, so they have to go to extremes like violence.”’

unherd.com/2022/05/why-young-m

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