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The Things That Made England

An affectionate meandering though the things that make England the way she is – from HP Sauce to the Allotment, Aethelstan to the politics of Queuing. With Luke Baxter, Roifield Brown, David Crowther and Fiona Powell trying to make some sense of it...


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  • The Levellers

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    The Levellers were the first radical political movement of modern history. They developed a full constitution based on wide male suffage, religious toleration and equality in law. They called it 'The Agreement of the People'. In 1649 they were at the very centre of power; where did they come from - and where did they go?

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    01:15:52
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    David and Roifield tackle the first half of the 20th century.Labour Representation Committee (1900–1906)Liberal reforms 1906–1914People's Budget (1909)David Lloyd GeorgeFirst Labour government and period in opposition (1923–1929)1926 General Strike