Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Gerry Adams becomes an Officer of the Crown of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Yes, the Irish republican terrorist who was once dedicated to the assassination of members of the Royal Family, and sworn to the murder of Her Majesty’s Prime Minister and Cabinet, has become Steward and Bailiff of the Manor of Northstead.

His ascension continues apace.

Ever since a resolution of 1624, Members of Parliament have been unable to resign their seat directly: ‘Death, disqualification and expulsion are the only means by which a Member's seat may be vacated during the lifetime of a Parliament.’

Any Member wishing to resign has been obliged to apply for a paid office of the Crown, which automatically disqualifies the Member from holding a seat in the House of Commons.

There are two such offices: Crown Steward and Bailiff of the Chiltern Hundreds and of the Manor of Northstead.

Michael Martin most recently held the former, and Iris Robinson the latter.

Gerry Adams has now succeeded Michael Martin and become an Officer of the Crown.

Which he wishes to do in order to stand for election to the Dáil.

Which he needs to do if he is ever to become Taoiseach.

Whilst being a member of the Dáil is no bar to sitting in Westminster, there is (apparently) an issue with a British MP sitting in the Irish Parliament (bit of a grudge?).

And so, contra the protestations and denials of Sinn Féin members, the Prime Minister said at PMQs that the Honourable Member for West Belfast ‘has just accepted an office of profit under the Crown’, which HM Treasury have confirmed in writing.

His Grace always knew that Gerry Adams would be forced to bow the knee some day.

The antipathy of Sinn Féin to the Crown is, of course, wound up with a few centuries of religio-political angst with all the old Protestant/Catholic and Pope/Parliament themes interspersed with inter alia Fitzgeralds versus Butlers; Raleigh’s incursions; the slaughter of Smerwick; a little Cromwell; an incidence of potato famine; and the inconvenience of internment.

But the refusal of Sinn Féin MPs to sit in the United Kingdom Parliament was not so much to do with the requirement that they were obliged to swear allegiance to Queen Elizabeth II and to her heirs and successors (though it is contrary to their constitution [5.2f], which could have been circumvented by doing what other godless and republicans do), but with the claims of the United Kingdom Parliament upon territory in the island of Ireland.

A member of Sinn Féin could hardly serve in a legislature which denies their party's foundational assertion of sovereignty over the whole of Ireland. For Gerry Adams, the claims of the British Parliament to the territory of ‘Northern Ireland’ are illegitimate and illegal.

For Sinn Féin, Éire is united and one.

And so Mr Adams has been principled and unwavering in his creed throughout his religio-political life.

Until today.

For Baron Adams of Northstead Manor, or whatever he’s called, is not a very republican thing to be.

And one might have expected, knowing Mr Adams’ proclivity for death and destruction, that he might have preferred disqualification or expulsion from the House rather than tolerate even a whiff of the British Establishment.

Michael Crick observes that Mr Adams has missed a republican publicity trick of potentially seismic proportions, which could have elicited the debate of the decade on democracy, monarchy, rights and republicanism:
I was also advised that one way Adams might get round this without expressing allegiance to the British Crown in any form would be to turn up at the House of Commons and try to sit in the Chamber.

He would then be automatically disqualified from the House on the grounds that he hasn't sworn the oath, and a writ would then be moved for a by-election in West Belfast.

"The seat is vacated as if they were dead," I'm told.

And what a drama it would be if Adams were to do that, and be ejected from the Commons.
But that opportunity has passed.

All that remains now is to see how ‘Conservative and Unionist’ Mr Cameron’s party is, and whether it is still the case that the Conservative Party exists to represent the British people in all four constituent nations of the United Kingdom.

15 Comments:

Blogger Geoff said...

His Grace needs to learn the art of succinctness: Republican Sinn Féin MP gets job working for the Queen so he can abdicate from his UK parliamentary seat and stand for election to the Dáil.

26 January 2011 at 17:47  
Anonymous anonymousinbelfast said...

Your grace,

Wouldn't bank on the Conservatives running in West Belfast - it's about a hopeless a cause as one can get for the party. Can you really see them stumping up the deposit, let alone funding campaigning?

Ironically, though I wouldn't vote for them myself (or at least, not whilst residing in Ulster), it's always struck me that all the parties from both the UK and the Republic miss a trick with Northern Ireland. I'd welcome Conservatives, Labour and LibDems (as well as any others) standing in Northern Ireland, but also those of Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil, and the Irish Labour Party. It's about time that the North of Ireland was defined by political issues rather than whose name heads up the stationary - especially when citizens of both nations may be elected to office in either territory.

Not to mention the fact that Eire, NI and the UK are likely to be increasingly economically bound to one another in the years ahead.

26 January 2011 at 17:50  
Blogger Bred in the bone said...

The terrorist who would not enter the house of traitors, thats politics for you.

The establishment deserves him, it kind of completes the picture we have woken up to.

26 January 2011 at 18:12  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Haven't Articles 2 and 3 where the Republic asserts its sovereignty over the island and ergo NI been removed? Does that mean Gerry can't sit in the Dail either then?

26 January 2011 at 18:56  
Blogger UKViewer said...

Interesting that Mr Adam's has gone now - when the chances for political progress in the province are probably NIL.

I read somewhere that his intention is to stand for Irish President, which need some form of commitment to Eire as an entity, not a united Ireland.

Eire is in such a mess, perhaps they need someone with his charisma and political charm to help them get rid of Mr Cowan!

26 January 2011 at 19:02  
Anonymous David Waddell said...

The Republic of Ireland, or Eire, has no ongoing claim to the 'Six Counties' of the north since the southern referendum of 1998. But then Sinn Fein did accept that aspect of the Belfast Agreement. Having said that, SF also accepted NI's British status.

26 January 2011 at 19:29  
Blogger Archbishop Cranmer said...

Mr David Waddell,

You are conflating the Irish Republic with Sinn Fein.

The Republic may indeed have amended its constitutional claim to the North. Sinn Fein, however, continues to assert the sovereignty of the whole island of Ireland as a 'single national unit'. That is what His Grace has said.

26 January 2011 at 19:50  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr Adams resigned as MP in a letter to the Speaker.
The Chancellor appointed Mr Adams to the Crown post.
The Prime Minister told the House of Commons that Mr Adams had accepted the appointment.
Mr Adams said that he had not accepted the appointment.
Mr Adams has received an apology from Downing Street.

The Adams family have history in Louth, the constituency Mr Adams is to contest.

26 January 2011 at 20:46  
Blogger Timothy Belmont said...

Adams and his movement has never - nor never shall - accept the constitutional position of the UK.

We ought to let the man go without too much fuss; recall that he is a master of propaganda.

He shan't be missed (never having made an apprearance anyway, despite taking the Queen's shilling.

Gawd-help-us! Danny Morrison suggested that Georgie Galloway should stand for Belfast West.

26 January 2011 at 21:17  
Anonymous fart said...

wv: coomedi

well, there ya go.

26 January 2011 at 23:01  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The Adams family have history in Louth,..."

They sure do. Isnt that where his peadophile brother currently resides whilst the conveniently very long drawn out process of his extradition to face charges of raping his daughter drags on and on and on and on...

26 January 2011 at 23:14  
Blogger English Viking said...

Your Grace,

You already know how 'conservative' the Conservatives are. But still, you pleaded that people should vote for them.

They are shite. Adams is murdering shite.

What are you?

Perhaps guilty?

27 January 2011 at 01:39  
Blogger Maturecheese said...

English Viking

I agree with most of what you wrote except the last line.

I would suggest His Grace is not guilty per se, rather he displays a sense of loyalty to a party that is lost, same with Lord Tebbit. Loyalty is a good quality but can be abused by the recipient.

The right needs to regroup and maybe a mass defection to UKIP would help. There are those who still maintain that the party can be recaptured from the secularist Europhiles. ( there are many other descriptions I could use) but I think that every year that goes by hammers another nail in the coffin. Act now!!

27 January 2011 at 10:42  
Blogger Matthew Dear said...

I've always been curious as to how much this "paid office" actually pays. Anyone know? I've also heard it called an "office of profit" which might imply some sort of entitlement which doesn't have any realisable value in this day and age?

27 January 2011 at 13:11  
Anonymous Simon Too said...

On the face of it, this story is amusing but it does rely on confusing the subtleties of the situation.

The cause of Sinn Fein is Irish republicanism : how Great Britain as such is ruled is not someting on which it has a policy, so far as I am aware. Gerry Adams has been elected to the United Kingdom parliament for a constituency in Northern Ireland, and being an Irish republican he has declined to take an oath of allegiance to the Crown of the United Kingdom. So far as I know, Mr. Adams has no problem with the Crown in Great Britain, and he has taken a job, well an office, in England working for the Queen of England. I should have thought it would present no more of a problem to him than, say, becoming Swiss consul in Belfast.

27 January 2011 at 22:33  

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