Matters of Constitution

Its still all work and no play for me at present, so am cross posting this from Witterings from Witney for your reading this morning.

Goodnight Vienna – Goodnight United Kingdom

When a legislature undertakes to proscribe the exercise of a citizen’s constitutional rights it acts lawlessly and the citizen can take matters into his own hands and proceed on the basis that such a law is no law at all
Justice William Douglas

I am touched by a post on Calling England, authored by the blog owner Goodnight Vienna, which is a “cri de coeur” if ever there was one – and one with which I have every sympathy and agreement. The views that GoodnightVienna expresses bring to mind the old adage that: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” – in other words, if something is working adequately, don’t change it.
Discussing the United Kingdom’s “Constitution”, GoodnightVienna writes:

…..this nonsense that we don’t have a Constitution, of course we do. The fact that it isn’t codified is neither here nor there. We have one and we know it.

All governments, over the decades, have practised some form of ‘social engineering’, be that in education, health care, ‘rights’, marriage, society – you name it. Unfortunately, for the United Kingdom, Tony Blair decided to add another category and: (a) maximise his overall potential majority at the 1997 General Election; and (b) to show that his desire to be ‘at the heart of Europe’ was ‘total’ – and in so doing to impress our ‘real government’ in Brussels that he was committed to their agenda – promised devolution to Wales and Scotland, thus aiding the EU’s intended programme of “Regionalisation”.
In so doing he made one critical omission: in creating a “Hydra”, he forgot to also create a “Hercules” to tame the beast. To a people who believe they are – and have been – ‘enslaved’, allowing them a few decisions over how they are governed is a recipe for disaster for those ‘governing’ – one only has to think back to Gorbachev and the USSR – as the people then obviously demand total control over their lives.
On the subject of “Hydras”, by having to accept the policy of ‘open borders within the EU’ and the EU’s policy of ‘free movement of people, goods and services’, Tony Blair then created another “Hydra” – that of multi-culturalism. This was then compounded by Gordon Brown and Jack Straw, who thought that a tad more ‘social engineering’ would result in more votes for their party, come a general election. Not one of them appears to have considered the problems of the social, religious and cultural nature that would result.
The reported decision by the Liberal Conservative Party that the House of Lords is going to be ‘reformed’ is one of illogicality, especially were we to still be a self-governing nation.
Again, GoodnightVienna reinforces this point when she writes:

Why don’t they realise that pre-1997 the House of Lords was hereditary and bound to no man or political party? The HoL gave knowledgeable and detailed oversight of HoC laws but everybody seems to be in a hurry to throw away traditions which have worked fairly well for more than a thousand years in favour of untried continental and American ones. We’re not the same people. We have a thousand years of history and English Common Law – I don’t give tuppence for their britches and stockings but I do care for the law of the land.

Where I would take issue with Goodnight Vienna is that I do care about the ‘britches and stocking’ as they signify ‘tradition’, which is no bad thing when trying to hold a nation together.
On the subject of “Hydras”, let us also consider the Human Rights Act. What a Pandora’s Box that has been! We now have the situation where those that preach hate and subversion of our society cannot be deported and those that have decided that the laws of society do not apply to them are now able to invoke those same laws to demand they have the right to vote.
Goodnight Vienna also picks up on another important aspect of our governance:

Any change to our Constitution must have a referendum.

A statement beyond dispute, but the chances of that being ‘allowed’ is as remote as England winning the right to stage the 2018 World Cup (think about it – do pay attention, please!). Ever since the transformation of the EEC into the EU, successive governments have denied those that actually are the government of the UK a voice in the changes to our constitution. But hey, why break the habit of a lifetime? In this instance, Goodnight Vienna is ‘spot on’ when she writes:

No more. My flag, my country, my call.

As a nation we are nearing that tipping point whereby the people will awaken to that which is being done in their name and without their agreement, both locally and nationally.

Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them;……The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.
Frederick Douglass [1857]

And when that limit of endurance is eventually reached the political class need to recognise that the people’s retribution will be final and bloody! As sure as God made little apples, that day of reckoning for the political class will occur! And when that day arrives, by then the people will have realised that the politicians we need will have the same qualities as those of Goodnight Vienna and others – they will have, in their hearts, a knowledge and belief in their nation, pride and principle.

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4 Responses to Matters of Constitution

  1. Edward Spalton says:

    There is an excellent, slim, pocket size, Pelican book called “The Queen’s Government” by Sir Ivor Jennings. It is completely pre EEC/EU. My copy cost me 80p (16/-) in a second hand bookshop but the cover price is 3/6 (17 1/2p) and was the reprint of 1961. It even had a good write up from the Guardian “An admirable short account of the machinery of British democracy which can be widely commended”.

    A reprint with a suitable preface would be an excellent idea and I think that several organisations might club together for such an enterprise. Sir Ivor was one of the leading constitutional lawyers of his day and it would give a bench mark of what we could all perfectly reasonably expect of the way we should be ruled.

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