In England Parliament is ancient, dating back to the thirteenth century when the barons led by Simon de Montfort finally embedded Magna Carta and its successors at the centre of the way the English were ruled by forcing Henry III, a weak and pathetic tyrant ruled by greedy self-serving favourites, to acknowledge the rights of the people (and as the centuries went by, ever increasing numbers of them) to have a say in how they should be ruled.
And as the era of Imperialism got under way several centuries later, the English/British took their Parliaments with them and planted them in their colonies. And so it is remarkable that the postal service of Bermuda is now celebrating with the issue of 4 stamps, the Quatercentenary of the Bermuda Parliament, established by the English colonists there. The set was released on 6 August 2020 but I have no other details.
The rights of free speech and individual freedom were among the cherished bye-products of British Imperialism; true in many countries they evolved rather than arriving overnight but there are many Parliaments across the world which have grown from these seeds of democracy and in them men and women debate their differences with words rather than with guns or by riot. Currently controversial as conjured up inevitably by the BBC are the words to Land Of Hope And Glory but it’s worth considering that Parliamentary democracy is one of the jewelled features of the Hope part of the song’s title.
The Parliaments of The Commonwealth and former colonies, protectorates and mandated territories:-
Cape Town -
New Delhi -
Kuala Lumpur -
Dar Es Salaam -
Port Of Spain -
Port Louis. ——
St George’s -
Port Moresby -
Port Vila ——
St John’s -
Bandar Seri Begawan ——
Hong Kong -
Washington, successor Parliament to those of the 13 North American colonies -
And finally the off shore islands -
St Peter Port -
St Helier -
Isle Of Man is home to the oldest Parliament in The Commonwealth, dating back more than 1000 years when it was held on Tynwald Hill at St John’s -