Parliamentary Written Question of the Week…

Now that the US President is back home across the pond, it’s probably safe to note the latest candidate in an occasional series.  From the House of Commons written parliamentary questions 20 June.

US White House

Sir Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether the Government plans to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the burning of the White House, Washington DC, US by the British army on 24 August 1814; and if she will make a statement. [160206]

Mr Vaizey: The Government has no plans to commemorate this.

Heh.  [*ahem* – Ed NSA]

Ermm, as a tribute to James Hoban…

  • aquifer

    Especially not after just re-establishing the Commonwealth.

  • sherdy

    Don’t mention the war!

  • Bob Russell is a political clown. Dresses like one: yellow waistcoat, tie, socks for his “star” (sixth magnitude, otherwise “barely visible to the naked eye) appearances at PMQs. Represents an Essex constituency. Has been through two former political allegiances. Don’t mock the afflicted.

    The War of 1812 must count as one of the daftest adventures of modern history (for the record: “they” declared war on “us”).

    The burning of Washington was a retaliation for American attacks in Lake Erie. It was instigated by Rear Admiral George Cockburn (one of those CS Forester-hero naval characters), and executed by a TCD man, Major General Robert Ross, RM, from Rostrevor. Ross was killed in the Battle of North Point, Baltimore, September 1814.

  • Greenflag

    Look on the bright side- the 1814 ‘war’ gave Colonel Andrew Jackson that Scots Irish ‘reprobate ‘ and all round upstart the opportunity to make a name for himself on the national stage eventually becoming the first ‘democratic ‘ USA President and becoming known as Ol Hickory and then theres that Johnny Horton ‘1814 ‘ song and poor Captain Pakenham (Lord Longfords ancestor )and the missing ladders which would have won the Battle of New Orleans for the British .

    @ malcolm redfellow –

    Astute timing in not mentioning the ‘war’ i.e the burning of the White House by a Trinity man during Michelle Obama’s visit .

    Daftest war on record possibly but there’s stiff competition out there WW1 comes to mind alas but we’ll not go there .