David Blackburn

Revised Royal Charter channels Charles I’s Royal Prerogative

Revised Royal Charter channels Charles I’s Royal Prerogative
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Here is the revised Royal Charter on press regulation agreed by the three parties. It replaces the draft published in March this year. It begins:

NOW KNOW YE that We by Our Prerogative Royal and of Our especial grace

It seems that Parliament would bring down 300 years of free expression using a principle that parliamentarians like Pym, Hampden, Haselrige, Holles, Strode and the rest fought a civil war to eradicate. And in case you didn't know: they won that war. Thank Heavens we English like irony!

One can only hope that Her Majesty refuses to sign this document.