The Magna Carta (1215 anno domini) is in the news

I read in my paper today that “The hypocrites have jumped aboard the Magna Carta bandwagon“. Peter Oborne of the Telegraph thunders that “Neither the Government nor the VIPs celebrating the historic charter’s anniversary give a damn about its principles”. It looks like he has done his homework.

Graham Allen MP on the other hand claims “We need a new Magna Carta, fit for our modern democracy“. I am not convinced, I think we just need to stick with the current version.

The vital clause, courtesy of wikipedia is

XXIX. NO Freeman shall be taken or imprisoned, or be disseised of his Freehold, or Liberties, or free Customs, or be outlawed, or exiled, or any other wise destroyed; nor will We not pass upon him, nor condemn him, but by lawful judgment of his Peers, or by the Law of the land.

This is the essense of Habeas Corpus. Let’s get it done!

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