3dō is an occasional feature in which the meaning of Conference III is explained through prose, verse, song, interpretative dance, film, chemical formulae or illustrative anecdote relayed by old people.
Today In History
In 1979, Margaret Thatcher — then Leader of the Opposition — puts the motion “That this House has no confidence in Her Majesty’s Government,” at the time led by Prime Minister James Callaghan, a historic dingbat, who led (“led”) Britain through the devastating Winter of Discontent.
The motion carries by one vote, forcing Callaghan to call an election and resulting in 18 years of Conservative government in the UK.
This is all very complicated, but in short, Callaghan had considered calling an election in 1978, but decided to wait a year so the economy would improve. The economy did not improve — it, in fact, fell apart — and then a referendum on devolution in Scotland failed, which angered the Scottish nationalists, which had supported the Labour government and angered the Liberals, which supported devolution and were miffed by the high vote threshold set for passage.
Anyway, everyone was put out with Callaghan and there was a very exciting vote and debate on March 28, 1979.
In honor of our birthday, let’s, in the spirit of our proprietary power ranking system, look at our Top 13 posts of all time (ranked by views).
Every Friday, bloggers from around The Heptarchy will update us on the news and notes from their teams (with that fancy header image courtesy of Mike D and like democracy itself, it’s a perpetual work-in-progress). Yes, we ripped this off from TRH’s Pacific War Room; no, we don’t care. And since we ripped it off, we’ll follow their lead and go in standings order.
The Dallas Stars French forward Antoine Roussel has been on our radar for awhile.
In fact, he was featured on the first post ever on III Communication:
The level of gumption it takes to challenge Shea Weber when such fistic flyweights like Bobby Butler are on the ice belies either an incredible amount of courage or an astounding level of idiocy. But, as we all know by now, Conference III lives on the line between courage and idiocy.