The Anatomy of Treachery

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The Anatomy of Treachery
« on: December 06, 2019, 04:18:26 PM »
The Anatomy of Treachery
Those MPs who, by their votes in the House of Commons, deny Brexit are traitors in the full and horrific sense of the word and contrary to English Common and Constitutional Law**.  Even worse, they are blasphemers.
This so because when they take their seats they are obliged, under the Promissory Oaths Act 1868, to make the Oath of Allegiance. The form and manner of giving the Oath are set out in the Oaths Act 1978. MPs take the Oath by holding The Bible in their uplifted hand and saying the words:
“I (name of Member) swear by Almighty God that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, her heirs and successors, according to law. So help me God.”
The MPs have betrayed us because, the Queen being the embodiment of the nation, those who take the Oath are thereby promising to be faithful to the expressed wishes of the people. This is called democracy. In the case of Brexit, the people have spoken very emphatically – because more people voted Leave than have ever voted for anything in this country. More than Labour’s landslide win in 1945, and more than the votes which gave Margaret Thatcher her record 393 seats to win her second term in 1983.
That is the scale of the scandalous treachery perpetrated against the will of the people by the MPs in their denial of Brexit. It is a pity that the Tower of London is not capacious enough for us to detain the lot of them in chains!
The worse crime of blasphemy was enacted because the Oath is a promise to God. That is why the word Oath takes a capital letter. Although the death penalty for blasphemy was abolished in 1676, it remained an offence, and a successful prosecution was brought as recently as 1977. As  a measure of how far our country, our institutions and our whole way of life have been secularised, the offence of blasphemy was finally abolished altogether under the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act of 2008.
The story of Oaths and their seriousness is not just medieval mumbo-jumbo and so much water under the bridge. It represents the scale of our nation’s departure from wholesome practices and our consequent decline into degeneracy. Oaths and promises are what bind a society. They are the ultimate source of the rule of law. For if Oaths can be broken – and even the practice of taking Oaths itself set at nought – then what is the bedrock on which our public life finds its foundation?
Well, in words of one syllable, it raises again the old question, Is nothing sacred? And the answer we have given to this profound question is an emphatic No.
It is well-known that in his Republic Plato established a class of rulers and governors whom he called Guardians. By that time, the people of Greece had suffered more than enough at the hands of tyrants, and so their political philosophers devised a system which gradually developed into what we know as democracy. In time, critics looked at Plato’s system and asked the big question, But who will guard the Guardians?
Knowing that no class of rulers is immune to personal ambition and the corruption which this entails, Plato’s critics were demanding to know what measures were in place to prevent tyranny and to preserve democracy and secure freedom. The answer given was that sacred Oaths would be the guarantee. In these we make promises to one another and to God himself. Thus the ancients knew the truth which T. S. Eliot expressed eloquently 2500 years later:
What life have you, if you have not life together?
There is no life that is not in community,
And no community not lived in praise of God.
 
By breaking our promises to one another and even going so far as to break our Oaths to God, we have fractured our common life irreparably and placed ourselves under a terrible and inevitable judgement.
 
** 1351 Treason Act, Act of Supremacy 1559, Bill of Rights 1689 and Treason Felony Act 1848  -  ALL still in full legal force
 
Rev Peter Mullen

 
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