Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Isn't it time for a change?

They've named the 10 worst Britons of the last 1,000 years and guess what... they're all men! What a big surprise. Seems that us feeble little girls just aren't very handy when it comes to murdering, genocide, etc. Or maybe we're just a fair bit more moral.

Well I think there's an arguement for putting Maggie Thatcher in there but then she really wasn't making much of an effort compared to this lot:
1900 to 2000: Oswald Mosley(1896-1980)
1800 to 1900: Jack the Ripper
1700 to 1800: Duke of Cumberland (1721-1765)
1600 to 1700: Titus Oates(1649-1705)
1500 to 1600: Sir Richard Rich (Lord Rich of Leighs)(1496/7-1567)
1400 to 1500: Thomas Arundel (1353-1414)
1300 to 1400: Hugh Despenser (The Younger)(died 1326)
1200 to 1300: King John(1167-1216)
1100 to 1200: Thomas BecketArchbishop of Canterbury(c.1120-1170)
1000 to 1100: Eadric Streona

And before anyone complains - there were two women in the top ten Greatest Britons: Diana and Elizabeth 1st (and yes I know the votes were done a bit differently, hey I don't run the BBC, more's the pity). Not bad going in spite of all the oppression we've had to put up with over the years. Might have been more if Victoria had had a better press, also you've got to imagine Mary Seacole is splitting the Florence Nightingale vote (and arguably deserves a mention more than Flo).

7 Comments:

Blogger Richard Gibson said...

They've left off Sting, Phil Collins etc...

Terrible oversight.

12:18 am  
Blogger buryblue said...

Somebody was reading this an asked me who I though had been listed in the top ten. My first suggestion was Margaret Thatcher.

I would have thought there would be a strong case for inclusion of Bloody Mary - I believe she enjoyed a good burning or two.

My other suggestion would have been another male - The Witchfinder General.

9:24 am  
Blogger ursa said...

Kate, when you do run the BBC can we have biographies of [ to name but the tip of the ice burg ]
Maud Gonne
Grace O'Mally [ Irish pirate pardoned by Elizabeth ]
Mary Wollstencraft
Annie Besant
Jane Austin
Mary Frith [ highway women ]
To spotlight our hidden historical faces.

5:40 pm  
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5:56 pm  
Blogger TalkingCat said...

Time for a change? Yes it is - a change of blog. May I encourage you to be more tolerant and respectful of other people's opinions in the New Year - they are equally valid as yours; not inferior and in need of conversion as you constantly seem to suggest.

9:48 am  
Blogger Cruella said...

Think you've missed the whole point of having a blog. Erm, its for MY opinions. I'm not running this so I can nod along with misogynists, religious nutcases, fascists, etc.

11:56 am  
Blogger lost clown said...

hehehe That's why we blog right?

9:22 am  

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