15 August 2008

More ruination

The pussification of the UK's national life continues... gasps of surprise all round! And their legal excuse? Not on principle, morals, legality but on the tenuous link that it might offend Muslims, Catholics, Martians, gays, whoever.
Anti-Monarchists in Parliament have whined for years that they have to swear an oath to "Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, her heirs and successors" in order to take up their positions, snouts-down in front of the abundant trough that is Westminster, but now they're apparently mounting a legal challenge too. The BBC reports that 22 MPs have signed a Commons motion by Norman Baker, MP for Lewes, calling for the scrapping of the oath of allegiance.
Not surprisingly, Baker is a Lib-Dem. His voting record can be discerned pretty much by my telling you that he's a "whining anti-", except for his record on gay rights, which is apparenly only mildly pro- (perhaps it had been a rough few months - again - for Lib-Dem cruising scandals?). His expenses record for 2006/2007 was only [hem hem] £142,504 which only puts him at 225th highest in the House of Commons. Hmmm...
And who is taking up their mantle in this fight? It would, of course, have to be Louise Christian. Perhaps embarassed by the apparent partisanship of her surname, she's devoted her career to giving unpleasant people big legal hugs: if there's a penny to be made from a Legal Aid challenge to any authorities who might have looked the wrong way at the Human Rights Act, there she is, writing the invoice.
Now Ms Christian is, by all accounts, an excellent solicitor so I would expect a decent challenge to the oath. So what learned opinion have we so far? Er, "that it discriminated against Catholics, Muslims, other religions and atheists by requiring them to swear allegiance to the head of the Church of England". Perhaps it also offends young people by swearing to an old lady, huh Louise, huh? Shall we trot that one out too whilst we're putting together lazy arguments?
So there we have it: the tired old yah-boo-sucks argument of the lazy modern mind. She could object on legal principle or precedent, on grounds of poor governmentality, on constitutional grounds, or a host of other aguably legitimate reasons. However, the one that she's on the radio plugging is that is might offend people.
This is what we've come to in the UK. We should apparently dismantle all our traditions, all our values, all our history, just in case somebody might be offended, as decided by some rich, white, straight liberals who seek to impose their hegemony on everyone, trampling blithely over the views of other white, straight UK citizens (and a good few non-white, non-straight UK citizens who recognise some of the good things about UK traditions) so as not to offend their chosen cause celebre minority group.
Has anyone actually asked the Catholics, Muslims, atheists, Martians etc if they are offended by the oath of allegience? You can bet not. Let's just dismantle now and ask questions later.
It makes me ashamed to be a non-Brit, left-wing, left-handed, ginger lesbian copper. It really does.

27 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Given the fact that there are a number of Catholic, Jewish and Muslim MPs and I assume if I look I'd find Hinu and Buddist MPs (not sure abut Seikhs) who have all sworn the oath, so far without any difficulty, is this just another one of those solutions looking for a problem our legislators seem so keen on imposing on us? Alternatively is that not the issue at all and is it a covert way of dismanting another bit of our nation state to facil;itate integration into the facistic entity that the EU is rapidly becoming?

18 August, 2008 17:04  
Blogger huggles said...

My friend tells me that police officers at Hornsey Police station in Haringey use organised stalking and harassment tactics to 'sort out' individuals. I thought he meant drug dealers and burglars but he clarified that most people dealt this way seem to be law abiding, ethnic minorities and more often than not black males.

As a juvenile, my friend who works locally at a garage, used to get into a lot of scrapes with the law. Now that he is on the straight and narrow, he has been asked to help out in surveilling and what he calls cocooning these individuals. He says that he thinks most are not criminals but appear to have annoyed someone for whatever reason. He also gets paid for his 'jobs'.

Is there substance to this or is old matey pulling my leg?

I have posted this query at other police blogs. Any info would be appreciated.

11 October, 2008 14:54  
Blogger Damo Mackerel said...

As far as I know Catholics would have no problem swearing an oath to the Queen of England. These MPs have nothing better to do wiht their time.

13 October, 2008 22:26  
Blogger huggles said...

No offense meant by going off on a tangent on your interesting posting. I am just trying to find out why some police officers in North London have taken it up on themselves to conduct extrajudicial organised harassment. Is about money or pleasure?

Many thanks.

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