Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Article 61 Magna Carta and Lawful Rebellion

Anyoldiron commentating on the Daily Telegraph report on leaks from the Bill of Rights Committee, linked here, raises the topic of Article 61 of the Magna Carta.

I then discovered this question of lawful rebellion is still receiving considerable attention on the internet, for example here, from which I obtained this pertinent summary:
Chapter 61 of Magna Carta makes it clear that if a citizen is wronged by the Crown and no remedy is forthcoming after all steps have been exhausted, that citizen may take whatever action is necessary to obtain satisfaction without fear of reprisal. As Sir Winston Churchill wrote (A History of the English Speaking Peoples (1956)) “The underlying idea of the sovereignty of the law, long existent in feudal custom, was raised by it into a doctrine for the national state. And when in subsequent ages the State, swollen with its own authority, has attempted to ride roughshod over the rights and liberties of the subject, it is to this doctrine (Magna Carta) that appeal has again and again been made, and never as yet, without success.”

More recently, indeed from less than a week ago, I found this posting, which concludes as follows:

Many thousands of people have since become aware of the Lawful Rebellion that is available to them under the Magna Carta and in supporting the petition of the Barons, are themselves upholding Common Law which remains the Law of the Land – these Freemen on The Land, in entering into Lawful Rebellion are themselves petitioning the Queen under clause 61 of the Magna Carta inviting Her Majesty to uphold the oath she gave at her Coronation and to protect the sovereign rights of the people.



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