Saturday, February 23, 2008

On this day

in 1820, British police uncovered 'The Cato Street Conspiracy', planned by Arthur Thistlewood, to assassinate Cabinet ministers. Five of the eighteen conspirators were publicly hanged outside Newgate prison on May 1st 1820, six were transported to Australia for life, and the rest were either rewarded or released due to their status as spies, agent provocateurs, or men who had turned King's Evidence.

Far be it from me to repeat what you are thinking, I don't want to get locked up ;-)

I have to confess I hadn't heard of this until today and neither had the sprog, who has A level politics!

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