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Tuesday, 2 July 2013
"The Great Charter" is the name (in Latin), given to the document agreed to by King John at Runnymede. It's a document worth reading every so often.- - the foundation of our liberties.
The principle of proportionality can be found - "For a trivial offence, a free man shall be fined only in proportion to the degree of his offence, and for a serious offence correspondingly, but not so heavily as to deprive him of his livelihood..... in proportion to the gravity of their offence."
+ (39) No free man shall be seized or imprisoned, or stripped of his rights or possessions, or outlawed or exiled, or deprived of his standing in any other way, nor will we proceed with force against him, or send others to do so, except by the lawful judgement of his equals or by the law of the land.
+ (40) To no one will we sell, to no one deny or delay right or justice.
(these two sections remain the law of the land)
This blog has frequently revisited the subject of "Magna Carta" - just type the phrase in the search engine on the right of this page.
An experienced lecturer, tutor & researcher with practical experience of working in the UK and European Parliaments.
I have a keen academic and practical interest in the workings of both the UK Parliament and the US Congress.
Over the years I have broadcast on both UK & US Politics for BBC local radio stations.