Lord Chancellor and Master of the Rolls prepare for Magna Carta’s 800th anniversary
The Lawyer: This morning the Lord Chancellor Ken Clarke QC and the Master of the Rolls Lord Neuberger will be among the dignitaries gathered at Runnymede Meadows to kick off five years of celebrations marking the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta.
The celebrations will start with a public commemoration of the sealing of the Magna Carta at the site where, in 1215, the barons gathered to petition King John for the first ‘great charter’.
The organisers of today’s event hope that the five-year programme of celebrations will include a commemorative coin and stamp in 2015 as well as a public holiday on June 15th 2015.
Meanwhile twitter is ablaze with the #Iamspartacus hashtag – which, if you are not on Twitter reads as follows…
Crap! Robin Hood airport is closed. You’ve got a week to get your shit together, otherwise I’m blowing the airport sky high!! #IAmSpartacus
The above is based on the original tweet for which Paul Chambers was convicted. There have been thousands…perhaps even a hundred thousand or more tweets to this effect. #Iamspartacus tweets on twitter. It is unlikely that the CPS will be prosecuting everyone for tweeting this.
The #Twitterjoketrial – an issue about freedoms and common sense – is a serious one.. I wrote about this yesterday and to get the full story please follow David Allen Green / Jack of Kent link on the post below.
On a lighter note… I do like Ken Clarke QC, the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, as a politician. He has been around for a long time and, whether one agrees with his views or not, he seems to impart his beliefs in an entirely reasonable and reasoned way and invites discussion. Magna Carta is important in our history – even if only three provisions appear to remain in our law directly. The Coalition government has promised to roll back repressive laws and there is a reasonable belief, on performance to date, that this will be done. We will see what happens in the coming months.
I also like his hat. I have a similar one.
Have a good weekend.
PS… the quote in the Ken Clarke bubble in the pic above was from Lord Denning.