On 5 November 1688, the usurper William’s mercenary army landed at Brixham in Devon in the opening stage of the Dutch War of Aggression, sometimes mistakenly referred to as the Glorious Revolution, inaugurating two years of bloodshed and resulting in the foreign occupation of the British capital until 1690 and ultimately paving the way for the tyranny of the Robinarchy under Walpole and the Hanoverians.  This act of usurpation and invasion, aided by the party of treason and a few Tories, continued to convulse the politics of the United Kingdom for another half century as the rightful heirs to the throne continued to contest the power of the usurpers who followed after William.  The usurper William also plunged Britain into a war in service to the interests of his own United Netherlands, and in his reign began to be laid the institutional and financial foundations of what would become the anti-constitutionalist Court party.  The principles that animated, or were supposed to have animated, the party of treason were cast aside and the forces of consolidation and the power of the moneyed interest grew strong, betraying the cause for which the revolution had supposedly been fought and trampling on the ancestal constitution of Englishmen.  Thus we commemorate this evil day (with apologies to Bonfire Night enthusiasts):

Remember, remember, the fifth of November,
The Whiggish treason and plot
I know of no reason why the Whig Party’s treason
Should ever be forgot.

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