Arrant Knavery and Absolute Despotism

A short history of British rights

Article 39 of Magna Charta, dictated to King John 800 years ago says this:

No free man shall be taken or imprisoned, or dispossessed or outlawed or exiled or in any way ruined, nor will we go or send against him except by the lawful judgment of his peers or by the law of the land.

A few weeks ago, David Cameron said this.

For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens ‘as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone’

Which is, of course, the very sort of knavery that led to the Barons standing under arms, under the leadership of Stephen Langton, Archbishop of Canterbury, on the field at Runnymede, in the first place.

It is a feature of Administrative Law, or ‘The Prerogative’ gone awry. There are other instances, one of them was 239 years ago. it led a famous Briton to write this:

That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

And in making it so, Thomas Jefferson and others ceased to be Britons and became Americans.

This is our common heritage, and the reason underlying the modern world. For more than 800 years, because it was the law of the land long before the Barons wrote it, indeed before ‘1066 and all that’ as well. It is the one cause our people have always felt worth dying, and therefore, worth living, for.

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13 Responses to Arrant Knavery and Absolute Despotism

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  2. the unit says:

    Telling Cameron statement. Fits in with…”President Obama ‘quipped’ today during a visit to Monticello with the French president, “That’s the good thing about being president, I can do whatever I want.”

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    • NEO says:

      Dead on perfect match. says much about the anglo-American ruling class doesn’t it?

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      • the unit says:

        Yep. And like EPA statement concerning Animus River debacle, BP just getting away with saying “We’re sorry this happened. Just sign away any complaints you may have in the future.” Wham Bamm, thank you Ma’am. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          yeah, worst man-made disaster​ in the US in decades, caused by who? Yeah, the government. But​ they’re the smart one, doncha know?

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        • the unit says:

          Thinking of who runs things today, yeah those at the end of the Greatest Generation, my Silent one and the early Boomers and later should have stopped in at the Greyhound station and bought a condom. Tied a knot in it afterwards and dispensed in the curbside receptacle provided along the street or roadway (no littering). Might have given us hope and change for the future. Lost talent and contributors there too, but I’d rather have been omitted then than what we, our kids, grands, and greats are facing. 🙂
          Still I haven’t given up! Heck I just bought a new riding lawnmower, six months to pay with no interest. I must believe in the future for at least a limited time. And the company gave me a limited warranty too. Huh?

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        • NEO says:

          yay! At least the company has limited faith in their product, for half a year, better warranty than my doctor offers. 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          Well, doctor knows I’ll probably take better care of my lawnmower than myself. Fresh gas, check oil, grease when needed.
          What did the Queen say about Lady Diana’s wreck?…”somebody must have greased the brakes.” 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          Something like that! But remember, the Queen was trained as a basic mechanic when she drove ambulances in the war, she’s nobodies fool.

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        • the unit says:

          I do remember and saw pictures recently. No bodies fool. And won’t turn over the Kingdom to Charles cause she ain’t. lol

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