This just in. No idea who or what is behind it. Sounds fun, though.
Reminder: Republic Day â€“ 17 March 2009
On 17 March 1649, Parliament voted to abolish the office of king, and England became a republic until 1660. We will be marking the 360th anniversary of that historic occasion,Â and reaffirming the current relevance of the issues raised then â€“ the monarchy and House of Lords, democratic rights and civil liberties â€“ with a rally in Oxford town centre.
Professor David Norbrook to speak
We are delighted to confirm that amongst the speakers will be Professor David Norbrook, Merton Professor of Renaissance English literature at Oxford University, and author of such works asÂ Poetry and Politics in the English Renaissance andÂ Writing the English Republic: Poetry, Rhetoric and Politics, 1627-1660.
Also speaking will be city councillors John Tanner (Labour) and David Williams (Green Party), as well as Bill MacKeith on behalf of Oxford and District Trades Union Council, and representatives from a variety of left and progressive organisations from the city.Â We will also read out a message of support we have received, from theÂ Society for Robespierrist Studies, an association of French scholars who specialize in revolutionary history.
Event:Â Republic Day outdoor rally
Date:Â Tuesday 17 March
Time:Â 6pm to 7pm (approx.)