The Constitution, Norris McWhirter, The Queen, the government and the EU
Thanks to Idris Francis, we received this informative email -
One reason for the belief that "we don't have a constitution" is the incredibly poor recent teaching of lawyers in this respect. This, at any rate, was the view of the late Norris McWhirter. You may remember that he and Rodney Atkinson laid information on the commission of treason against the ministers responsible for the Maastricht treaty in both the English and Scottish courts in 1993, I think. The information was factually and legally faultless and correct, as one would expect with the input of a founder of the Guinness Book of Records. They could do no more than lay the information because treason can only be prosecuted by the law officers of the Crown. [Apparently none could be found who would proceed.]
I agree that we need to use EVERY political and legal means to deliver our country from its subjection but would remind everyone that the judiciary (now part of the sinister sounding "Ministry of Justice") has been subject to the same sort of Blairite manipulation and corruption as the police forces. As the older lawyers (who did have a grounding in the constitution) retire, their replacements are likely to be less and less receptive to appeals to Magna Carta or anything much before the European Convention on Human Rights.
With regard to The Queen, it is interesting to note that the Blair government was categorically emphatic that there would NEVER be a referendum on the constitution. A petition to the Queen was organised with great assistance from the magazine "This England". It attracted a million signatures and asked that Her Majesty should withhold her assent to any Bill ratifying the EU constitution until a free and fair referendum ascertained her people's will in the matter. [The year was 2004.] Quite soon after this, the government changed its mind and said there would be a referendum! We shall never know whether the two events were connected or what passed at the Queen's audiences of the prime minister.
. . .Whilst a referendum ON THE TREATY is not a solution, it is the spanner most nearly within reach which can be thrown into the works of "ever closer union" and is not to be wholly despised on that account.
IN THE MEANTIME, the British Declaration of Independence (BDI) continues to make headway. Would as many as possible log on to BDI and register their support. Please ask your friends to do so as well.