The Magna Carta – Latin for ‘Great Charter’ – was signed on 15th June 1215 at Runnymede (near Windsor Castle) in Surrey between the barons of England and King John.
The Magna Carta was a series of written promises between the king and his subjects that he, the king, would govern England and deal with its people according to the customs of feudal law. It was an attempt by the barons to stop a king abusing his power with the people of England suffering.
In layman’s terms it was the first official recognition that some of the King’s subjects had individual rights. Sadly, it looks like the Tories want to rip up this progressive document and restrict free speech and our civil and religious liberties!
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REGULAR READERS will be aware that every year the National Liberal Party – NLP –celebrates Magna Carta Day. Over the years we’ve produced blogs (1), Youtube videos (2) and countless articles (3 – 24).
In 2011 we ran a Liberty Literary Week:
“We shall celebrate ‘Liberty Day’ on the 15th June, the anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta which acts as a symbolic talisman for all liberty lovers.
As part of that celebration of our liberties and the renewal of our pledge to protect hard fought for freedoms we shall be hosting a number of articles on some of those issues presently facing us in Britain (and perhaps elsewhere). Running throughout the week this series of articles is designed to provoke your interest and, hopefully, encourage you to fight with us to mainatain our liberties.”
Indeed, it’s easy to see that the NLPs call for both National and Political Self-Determination – as expressed in our 2015 General Election Manifesto (25) – has its roots in the Magna Carta itself.
This year marks the 800th Anniversary of the signing of the Mgna Carta – and it also marks one of the most serious attacks on our freedom and liberty yet. Ironically, this attack doesn’t come from ‘extremists’ or ‘terrorists’ but from the Tory government itself!
As recent article – Help The NLP Campaign For Civil & Religious Liberties For All! of May 15 – noted:
“PRIME MINISTER David Cameron has wanted to scrap the Human Rights Act for a long time. He’s also wanted to exempt the UK Government from implementing unfavourable European Court of Human Rights rulings.
He – together with Home Secretary Theresa May – now wants to introduce a ‘counter-terrorism’ bill which has the potential to curb the civil and religious liberties of anyone and everyone.
Our guess is that the Tories will claim that their bill is aimed at ‘Islamic extremists’ but will then be used to silence others.
Initially they’ll target ‘unpopular’ targets like Anjem Choudary, the radical Islamic preacher. Then, for both PR and PC reasons, they’ll target ‘right wing’ anti-Islamic groups. Once the precedent is set, the State will be able to go after any group or individual.
This is a very serious development. It could mean the beginning of the end of democracy and free speech as we know it. On the 800th Anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta, Cameron is set to do away with our inalienable rights – all in the name of fighting ‘extremism’!”
A blind man on a flying horse could see where – unchallenged – this proposed legislation is going. In time, anyone deemed to be an ‘extremist’ will be subject of Prime Minister Cameron’s draconian ‘counter-terrorism’ bill.
And that’s why we want to raise around £200 to produce and distribute a special emergency issue of Liberty & Nation – the voice of the National Liberal Party.
With the prospect of Cameron’s draconian ‘counter-terrorism’ bill hanging over our heads, we’ll leave the last word to Thomas Jefferson, one of America’s Founding Father’s, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776), and the third President of the United States (1801–1809).
Jefferson was a passionate believer of democracy and the rights of the individual. This is what he had to say about the relationship between the people and their government:
“When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.”