The BBC’s Christmas repeal vote
Of course, there is no assurance that a lone MP will take up the battle on the nation’s behalf, but the poll is important in its symbolism, and, in this day and age, symbols are frequently more important than the reality they seek to evoke.
Cranmer would support the repeal of a number of these laws, but two are of considerable interest, and both would have potentially seismic implications if repealed:
European Communities Act 1972
Act of Settlement 1701
Cranmer unequivocally supports the repeal of the 1972 Act, and just as unequivocally opposes repeal of the 1701 Act.
It is interesting to observe BBC bias once again at work. Some of these Acts have a line of BBC explanation, in order to inform the public in their vote. The European Communities Act has no helpful explanation like ‘the unaccountable source of 80% of British laws’. It simply stands alone, without comment. The Act of Settlement, however, is ‘the law that prevents a monarch from marrying a Catholic’. A simple, biased statement, which ignores every other clause in this important document. There is no mention of it being crucial ‘to the peace and safety of the Realm’, no understanding of its historical significance, and no appreciation of its role in protecting the UK from unwanted external political interference. It is paraded as a ‘bigoted’ and ‘outdated’ Act, the repeal of which will doubtless appeal to millions of Roman Catholics and Scottish nationalists. Its demise would, however, herald the end of the Church of England.
It costs nothing to vote on-line, so Cranmer exhorts all of his communicants to visit the BBC Radio 4 site, and to consider voting for the repeal of the European Communities Act 1972. This yoke of oppression has been borne for too long.