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Andrew Craig-Bennett
03-07-2012, 08:52 AM
Good article on the BBC website.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-16303861

George Jung
03-07-2012, 09:38 AM
Chilling. I do believe politicians today wish they could do the same. Time to rename Downing street, indeed.

Andrew Craig-Bennett
03-07-2012, 10:04 AM
Arranging the extraordinary rendition, to face certain death by hanging, drawing and quartering, of the man who paid your fees at Harvard is, shall we say, unattractive conduct.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sir_George_Downing,_1st_Baronet

John Meachen
03-07-2012, 03:14 PM
I think the original article needs to be considered in conjunction with the strong royalist links between the Netherlands and King Charles II.It was only when I read Samuel Pepys' diary for 1660 a few years ago that I learned that Pepys and his uncle,the Earl of Sandwich,had been on board the British ship (the name of which escapes me) when it lay off Scheveningen while the final arrangements for the king's return to England were made.During his period of refuge it was inevitable that the king and his courtiers would have made numerous contacts.There may have been advantages for all parties,apart from the executed,to the arrangement in the short term.In the longer term as the linked articles suggest,a war occurred and during the Battle of Sole Bay in 1672 one of the casualties was the Earl of Sandwich.Not that I need to remind Andrew about the battle of Sole Bay as it took place on his doorstep,but well before his time.