March 31, 2016

Today in History: Britain doubles-down on stupidity as Port of Boston Act becomes law (1774)

John RobsonResident Historian

March 31 is an outstanding day for stubborn government stupidity even in a calendar crowded with such events. 

For on that date in 1774 the Port of Boston Act became law, part of a series of measures doubling down on the British government’s denial of basic English liberties to the English in Massachusetts by insisting on taxation without representation, limiting trial by jury and quartering troops in colonists’ homes.

The British government was already in deep, and instead of a creative act of statesmanship to get out of the hole they had dug, they went deeper still and it caved in on them.

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commented 2016-03-31 22:13:43 -0400
Good one John , now I know that you know that I know that what happened was all ment to be, but I liked the fact that you pointed out that it made it easier for Canada to form government , then John A put a railway across the country, and then later we put one and a half hiways across Canada and then later we put a pipeline across Canada and then the protesters showed up and shut down more progress!!

commented 2016-03-31 21:41:19 -0400
It seems to me that the Liberal Marxist Government of Canada is trying to Rule Canada in the same way as the Brits did in Boston, back 1774.

Now is the time for Canadians to have a TNT party.
commented 2016-03-31 18:55:01 -0400
I love history and enjoy these “spots” on The Rebel. All of history presented, does affect the present day Canada in varying ways. I do wish that there would be a few Canadian stories. How about it John?
commented 2016-03-31 18:48:24 -0400
Junior is doing his best to surpass this stupidity through surpassing Senior’s stupidity regarding Western Canada. Come next month, we have three anti-elite governments. Sadly have to constitutionally wait until 2020 for the fourth.

Senior was the father of deconfederation. After 32 years of reconfederation, Junior will ensure Papa is honoured.