As Alistair Darling well knows, "the law of the land" referred to in Magna Carta is the common law; customary law built up over literally millennia by men of far greater worth and intellect than the likes of Darling and his pigs-in-the-trough, treasonous fellow criminals and assorted sociopaths in Parliament.
The common law does not grant rights, it recognises them; human rights are fundamental to being human and human rights overrule governments and their statute laws. The statute law and the judicial system in pre-war Nazi Germany were functioning with their customary efficiency and we all know where that led.
If there were any real law and justice left at work in this land, Darling and his ilk would only be remembered here as heads impaled on pikes outside the gates of the Tower.
Alistair Darling MP
House of Commons
London, SW1A 0AA
3 February, 2005
Dear Mr Darling,
Let me remind you what Magna Carta said…
In future no official shall place a man on trial upon his own unsupported statement, without producing credible witnesses to the truth of it.
No free man shall be seized or imprisoned, or stripped of his rights or possessions, or outlawed or exiled, or deprived of his standing in any other way, nor will we proceed with force against him, or send others to do so, except by the lawful judgement of his equals or by the law of the land.
To no one will we sell, to no one deny or delay right or justice.
We will appoint as justices, constables, sheriffs, or other officials, only men that know the law of the realm and are minded to keep it well.
G.R.C. Davis Magna Carta Revised Edition, British Library, 1989.
Why am I having to write to you about this? For nearly eight hundred years, since the signing of Magna Carta in 1215, our laws have insisted that every single human being is entitled to some kind of judicial process that is public and accountable before he or she can be thrown in jail.
The Labour Government consistently seeks to overturn some of the most fundamental principles of the British constitution.
It appears that human rights from a millennia ago are too radical and permissive for New Labour.