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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 1:40 pm    Post subject: STOP THE ABUSE OF POWER IN BRITAIN Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 2:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A guide to the Magna Carta and chance for some of our CSP constitutional experts to leave comments: http://www.unlockdemocracy.org.uk/?p=1222

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The Magna Carta, written in 1215, was an agreement between King John I and the powerful barons who had challenged his rule. In it, John promised to restore the rights to property and to a fair trial by jury that the nobility had enjoyed before his reign, and to stop his abuse of royal power. While the Magna Carta was not concerned with the rights of ordinary English people most of whom were peasants without property it contained provisions protecting against arrest or punishment without trial and against excessive punishments, and guaranteeing that the king would not deny or sell justice to any of his subjects.

These protections helped form the basis of British human rights law, and over the centuries they were gradually extended to all citizens. The Magna Carta also established a Council of Barons to enforce it; this was the first time a group of English subjects had the legal right to check the power of the king, and the Council paved the way for an independent Parliament. Finally, the Magna Carta has influenced the development of foreign and international human rights laws, such as the UNs Universal Declaration on Human Rights.

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The Magna Carta is the most overrated document in English legal history. It's not even the best of its day.
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