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From: Tim Powys-Lybbe <>
Subject: Re: The history is long but is coming to an end
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2003 13:32:21 GMT
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In message of 30 Nov, (Peter Stewart) wrote:
> Tim Powys-Lybbe <> wrote in message news:<>...
> > In message of 29 Nov, (Peter Stewart) wrote:
> > > ("Al Magary") wrote in message
> > > news:<1a4001c3b650$4d3f2a50$6501a8c0@PC>...
> > >
> > > <snip>
> > >
> > > > The Daily Mail recently reported that the peers who lost their
> > > > places in the House of Lords are going to sue the government for
> > > > one million pounds damages--each. Their leader, Lord Mereworth,
> > > > said, "Our forebears and their descendants were given the right
> > > > to sit in Parliament for ever."
> > >
> > > Lord Mereworth & his followers are clearly kidding themselves amd
> > > journalists - precedents are well established for taking away the
> > > right to sit in the House of Lords, either by the parliament through
> > > bills of attainder or by the sovereign through orders in council.
> > Not to mention he abolition of the House of Lords in the time of the
> > Commonwealth, which is only a few years off topic for the period of
> > this newsgroup, though never mind the content.
> Well, I was thinking of precedents that would be widely seen as
> constitutional in the organic sense that is a pride of British history
> & justice - I don't know how the law works in detail, but it would
> surprise me if an act of the Commonwealth could be used to support one
> of the new parliament, opened by the queen, and for that matter if
> Tony Blair's advocates would wish to compare him in any way with
But Cromwell was a moderate compared with the rest of the bunch and was
highly regarded in those times, the odd mutant royalist apart. Perhaps
Mr Blair would like to be equally highly regarded? (OT, I know.)
For a miscellany of bygones: http://powys.org