Originally posted by MrDog
Yeah but it's not a written constitution. There is the Magna Carta but no written constitution.
At the present parliament can make or unmake laws and it cannot be checked by any other branches of the system.
We don't have the 1st ammendement(for example) in writing ,we take it for granted that we have those rights. So a law can be made denying those free
speech and free press, religion etc.
So the original argument is valid.
No its not. Our constitution is unwritten but it is there. Magna Carta was the start. The Glorious revolution of 1690 was another, removing the
Devine right of Kings and handing power to Parliament. The Monarchy along with the two Houses (the Commons and the Lords) balance and check each
other. The Queen also has the right to absolve Parliament and seek new elections. English common law is used throughout the world including America
as the basis of their legal systems with certain fundamentals implicit in common law.
It doesnt take Tony Blair.............
Paisley - British Agents Plotted To Murder Me
Monday 2nd January 2006
Ian Paisley has claimed that the Government was plotting to kill him at the height of the Troubles in 1975.
The DUP leader made the claim during interviews for a BBC television programme probing secret Government files that have been locked away for three
Mr Paisley said a possible repeat of the loyalist workers' strike of 1974 led secret service agents to plot his murder a year later.
"In 1975, I was told I was the target for murder," he said.
"The warning came from a very senior source - someone I trusted.
"He told me an attempt may be made on my life and it would be a British agent who would do it.
"I made it known in certain circles that I had been warned.
"And, already under threat for years from the IRA, I made it my business to take extra precautions."
Mr Paisley told production staff making Cabinet Confidential, which will be broadcast on BBC1 on Wednesday at 10.40pm, that he had been shocked that
the Government could consider killing him.
He said that he had been a "thorn in the side" of Harold Wilson's Government during the Ulster workers' strike.
A quote in the Cabinet files from Bernard Donoughue, a policy advisor to the then Prime Minister, said: "The Ulster workers' strike had a
devastating effect on Prime Minister Harold Wilson and on Whitehall, as it was revealed that we did not have the power to control Northern Ireland.
"We could not have continued the (essential) services."
Mr Paisley's claim will not be included in Wednesday's programme, which is limited to the contents of newly-released Cabinet papers.
Other revelations from the papers are that Mr Paisley did not support internment without trial and how the Government rescued Harland and Wolff in a
multi-million pound deal.
Ministers feared a "catastrophe" if 10,000 shipyard workers were thrown on to the dole, believing that this could ignite an already tension-filled
situation, according to the files.