1900-1919 | Deportation | Executions | Prisoners murdered

Minister – sanctioning the shooting of Boer prisoners would be ‘awkward’

21 June 1900 On 21 June 1900, opposition was voiced by a minister in Cabinet to General’s kitchener’s ruthless war against Boer insurgents in South Africa, including the destruction of entire villages and the shooting of prisoners on sight. It was not on a point of principle but rather over concern as to how public…

1800-1859 | Famine | Refusing refugees

The Irish famine victims removal and punishment act becomes law

21 June 1847 On this day in 1847, the Poor Law Removal Act became law, allowing municipal authorities in England and Scotland to send any paupers claiming poor relief back to their place of origin with the minimum of legal formalities.  It was specifically designed to stem what Lord Brougham in the House of Lords…