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"The album is notable for featuring horn arrangements by ex-James Brown band member, Fred Wesley. The album charted at #3 on the Billboard R&B Albums chart, #20 on the Billboard pop chart, and became Parliament’s second album to be certified gold. Two singles were released off the album, “Do That Stuff”, which charted at #22, and “Dr. Funkenstein” which charted at #43."   www.wikipedia.org

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A new study reveals that Canada’s Conservative government is not an accurate reflection of our population. Now that could encompass a whole myriad of things (and it does).

Canada is widely renowned for being a ‘diverse mosaic’. However, a newly releasedstudy by Kai Chan concludes that Canada’s current Conservative government and cabinet are not an accurate reflection of our population. Not surprised? Perhaps it’s time to contemplate the meaning of “multiculturalism” in all of its controversial glory.

In June the world will celebrate 800 years since the issuing of Magna Carta. But 2015 is also the anniversary of another important, and far more radical, British milestone in democratic history.

Almost exactly 750 years ago, an extraordinary parliament opened in Westminster. For the very first time, elected representatives from every county and major town in England were invited to parliament on behalf of their local communities.

It was, in the words of one historian, “the House of Commons in embryo”.

Read more on BBC, that is covering the topic extensively, for the BBC Democracy Day (20 Jan)

Image: Statue of de Montfort on the Haymarket Memorial Clock Tower in Leicester

2010 - A father whose payments for his disabled child had been cut by the government leapt from a balcony in the Romanian parliament in protest against the decision. He was not seriously injured.

A loud thud reverberated in the chamber after the man, Adrian Sobaru - identified by the country’s public television station as one of its engineers - hit the benches shortly after Prime Minister Emil Boc greeted the lawmakers.

As he jumped, he could be heard shouting: ‘Boc, you’ve taken away the rights of our children’. Mr Sobaru, who suffered fractures to the face, and other non life-threatening injuries, was able to get into the parliament because he works as an electrician for the national television station. He then shouted “Liberty and Justice” as he was taken to hospital. He was also wearing a T-shirt with the slogan ‘You’ve killed our future’.  [video]

Guy Fawkes is Arrested in the Cellars of Parliament

5 November 1605

The Gunpowder Plot was foiled and Guy Fawkes arrested on this day in British history, 5 November 1605.

Fawkes had became involved with a group of English Catholics who hoped to assassinate King James I. They first met in May 1604 and hatched a plan to blow up Parliament using large quantities of gunpowder. Fawkes, largely unknown in England, played the role of ‘John Johnson,’ a servant of one of the conspirators. After gaining access to a cellar beneath Parliament, the group managed to move 36 barrels of gunpowder into the cellar.

By October 1605 they had begun to finalize the plans. Fawkes was tasked with lighting the fuse on their stash of gunpowder. They planned to simultaneously foment a revolt whereby they could capture Princess Elizabeth and place her on the throne. On 26 October, a few members of the group sent an anonymous letter to an MP because they feared that their Catholic brethren in Parliament would fall victim to the blast. The letter, however, reached King James and aroused his suspicions. He ordered a search of the cellars beneath Parliament, and early on the morning of 5 November, Guy Fawkes was discovered with the gunpowder stash, a watch and a match in hand.

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