We are the true heirs of Magna Carta

The fifteenth year of various centuries have seen some very significant events in our history. In 1915 terrible battles including Neuve Chapelle, Ypres and Loos took place, in 1815 there was the end of the Napoleonic wars on the field of Waterloo and 1415 the triumph of Agincourt. However perhaps the most significant for us today is the signing in the thirteenth century of Magna Carta at Runnymede. Very few of the original clauses are actually observed today and indeed the provisions of the first document were overridden by the King almost at once, although the succeeding years saw new versions implemented. Nevertheless it was this charter that fundamentally changed our way of life by setting the stage for parliamentary government and habeas corpus, despite neither being directly referred to in the text, and which established the principle that the executive, at that time the monarch, was as much subject to law as was the humblest subject. It changed the paradigm which governed the view of how a nation should be governed in a way that was then built upon over the succeeding centuries.

The charter is revered throughout the English speaking world, most particularly in the USA, where it became a significant part of the basis of the philosophy which underlay the creation of American democracy. It is also admired and respected in Australia, Canada and all the other outposts of the British way of life. Its rejection of arbitrary power or an unequal application of justice and its place in the ultimate achievement of a representative system whereby the state is subject to the will of the people are why we have been a free people for so long.

However in the past half century we have seen our own so called representatives, for selfish reasons of personal advantage, give away many of the freedoms which grew out of Magna Carta to an executive which has been designed to be undemocratic and which is located in a foreign land. It is the rebellion against this betrayal which is at the heart of the movement to leave the EU, not the secondary matters which the media seem to believe motivates Eurorealists and which has absolutely nothing to do with the kind of xenophobia of which we are unjustly accused. I know that this is nonsense as I have friends in several European countries plus a large number of acquaintances in the pan European anti EU movement who feel the same way as us concerning rule from Brussels.

The idea that the executive of the EU is subject to elected representatives is absurd, as the European Parliament is a toothless talking shop, possessing no power to truly defy the arrogant unelected appointees of the European Commission. This is precisely the situation intended by the original architects of the European project, who lacked any belief in the people and believed that the so called elites should dominate, as only they were to be trusted with important political decisions. Even were the parliament to be stronger it would anyway fail to be democratic as the lack of a true demos in the disparate states of Europe ensures that it would not speak for the people.

As far as the rule of law is concerned we know that the Napoleonic system is the antithesis of our common law yet it is the former which provides the basis of Corpus Juris which is meant to be the means by which justice will be administrated within the intended single European state. Concepts such as habeas corpus, the presumption of innocence and the right of trial by jury will be ignored if this system is implemented and we have already seen how the European Arrest Warrant, beloved by our own political class, has led to blatant miscarriages of justice as British citizens are kidnapped by the authorities and handed over to foreign jurisdictions whose ideas of the rights of the individual are totally dissimilar to ours.

This year we are to be treated to the nauseating spectacle of the selfish hypocrites of our political class taking the limelight at events celebrating Magna Carta yet, eight hundred years after the signing, our basic freedoms are under threat from the monster residing in Brussels and those of us in the Eurorealist movement, are the only true heirs of all who have fought to establish democracy in these islands. The fifteenth year of this century is to see a general election at which we can, and must, break the mould and set the UK on the road to withdrawal from the EU and to place our feet back on the path we should never have left.