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Spiked in the 18th century

There's a particularly witty hashtag doing the rounds on Twitter at the moment which I couldn't resist sharing. The spikedinthe18thcentury tweets involve mock-headlines that can be enjoyed by anyone with a passing knowledge of the 18th century and Spiked's bizarre brand of posturing contrarianism.
Guy Aitchison
16 September 2010

There's a particularly witty hashtag doing the rounds on Twitter at the moment which I couldn't resist sharing. The spikedinthe18thcentury tweets involve mock Spiked headlines that can be enjoyed by anyone with a passing knowledge of the 18th century and Spiked's bizarre brand of posturing contrarianism.

Here are some of my favourites:

@matt_heath: Against the tyranny of "healthy-eating": three cheers for Marie Antoinette and the peasants right to eat cake

@dontgetfooled: A flaming disgrace! Parliament's ban on witch-burning reflects a suspicion of anyone who holds strong beliefs

@KeithKahnHarris: The so-called 'Little ice age' is a pernicious myth. Frost fairs on the Thames are anti-science

@Heresy_Corner: The Gregorian Calendar: A plaything of remote bureaucratic elites that Britain should never adopt

@dontgetfooled: Hands off the slave trade! Wilberforce’s moral posturing reveals a deep-seated loathing of the working class

@BorisWatch: Smallpox Is Good For You: Mr. Richard NORTH exposes the lies of the vaccinators

@qwghlm: Newton and his "Laws of Motion" - the tyranny of unwanted legislation

@NewHumanist: The development of the dictionary reveals a chattering-class plot to dictate meaning to the man in the street

@danieltrilling: luddites are modern-day luddites

@Heresy_Corner: Yet another mean-spirited attack on the pleasures of the working class. Just what is Hogarth's problem?

@twodoctors: Divided we fall: why the American Revolution has doomed both Britain and America to permanent irrelevance.

@TheoSoc Shrill critics of the South Sea Company are simply hostile to wealth creation

And some of my (less impressive) efforts:

The Enlightenment - a fashionable middle-class fad that masks a deep anti-freedom agenda

British army moves into India...but who are the real imperialists?

Anti-Napoleon witch-hunt says more about us than it does about him

George III is perfectly sane - it's society that has gone mad

What no leaches? Medical hygiene fad the symptom of a risk-averse society

Thomas Paine may be trendy, but Burke is the real progressive

Expose the ‘dark money’ bankrolling our politics

US Christian ‘fundamentalists’, some linked to Donald Trump and Steve Bannon, have poured at least $50m of ‘dark money’ into Europe over the past decade – boosting the far right.

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