In her speech to the IPPR this morning, Margaret Hodge said this:
Next year will also see the anniversary of Henry VIIIâ€™s accession to the throne. Given some of the less savoury parts of his reign, itâ€™s not an obviously straightforward event to commemorate. But understanding his reign is essential to understanding England. He is an iconic figure, a well-known personality in our history. And whether in separating state and religion, or in instituting English as the common language, or in being the first to clearly define and map our boundaries, a deeper understanding of his reign may help the important debate on England which is emerging.
Emphasis added. Her last contribution to the important debate on England wasn’t such a good one, either.
The reference to “Sir Charles Darwin” is slightly curious, too. His ODNB entry says that “Many thought it shameful that the British establishment signally failed to honour him” with a K, but no doubt Hodge knows better. Unless she was referring to this chap.