Apropos my first post today, below is a copy of the letter to which Sean O’Hare referred in his comment on John Redwood’s blog.
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Sean O’Hare’s letter was originally forwarded to Ken Clarke who seems to have passed it on to Mark Harper to respond. So Mark Harper believes that Parliament is the supreme legal authority in the UK – a statement which is in stark contrast with the opinion of the European Commission. As an aside it appears also that Magna Carta has been largely repealed – really?
If Magna Carta is considered to be part of the uncodified constitution of our nation; if Lord Denning considered it “the greatest constitutional document of all times – the foundation of the freedom of the individual against the arbitrary authority of the despot”; if Lord Woolf considered it the “first of a series of instruments that now are recognised as having a special constitutional status”; why is it that politicians have decided, by the second half of the 19th century, to repeal nearly all of its clauses in their original form and thus negate a document considered to have special constitutional status – and all without the express agreement of those they are meant to serve? Why is it that later politicians, who profess to believe in freedom of the individual, have made no attempt to reverse the decisions of those that have gone before?
If Magna Carta is of such importance that it is the foundation of the freedom of the individual against the arbitrary authority of the despot, then it sure ain’t had much effect on the aims of our ‘democratically elected despots”! For that reason it is imperative that our system of democracy is changed so that the political elite can be constrained in their lust for total power.
Digressing slightly, watching the Olympics (which I did say I would not do – but hey, how can one not watch someone excelling on behalf of your nation) what struck me was the fervour among the British people that their athletes generated. The challenge that ‘We of Harrogate’ face is instilling a similar fervour in the British people where the democracy and political system of our country is concerned. Politics Home summarizes an article by Sebastian Coe in The Times as: “An Olympics by the people, for the people”. What ‘We of Harrogate’ need to achieve is to instill in the people of Britain a sense of democracy and political system that is ‘by the people, for the people’.
Within emails sent to those who attended ‘Harrogate’ are some who believe that the EU is the ‘enemy’ who should be fought day and night – to whom I can but say: how shortsighted, how deluded. The ‘enemy’ are the 650 who we stupidly elect each 4/5 years, coupled with their sycophantic ‘2nd and 3rd XIs’ – the ‘enemy’ are already within our gates. It is important to recall that with any growth it is no use just cutting the foliage, until you remove the root anything else is a complete waste of time and effort. As Richard North has repeatedly stated, the only method by which they will be defeated is by the creation of a movement, one with ideas for change – a change that cannot fail to garner more and more popular support as its beliefs are made known.
Once again, just saying………..