The Church, Magna Carta and COVID
Those of us who have a good knowledge of the law and our history already knew that the closing of Scottish Churches by the government was unlawful. It is good that this has now been recognised. The same is true in England and Wales. Magna Carta established in law that the governing authorities have no right in the running of the English Church. So the closing of Churches and the demand that we cease from singing hymns and having close fellowship is unlawful. In fact, in many ways, the Church is above the government. This is why I believe every church that was forced to obeyed the government in closing down and made to make changes to suit the government where wrong to do.
The Greater Charter goes further to say that an Englishman home is his castle. This means according to law the government have no right to say who you can and cannot invite into your home. They also have no right according to Magna Carta to control your freedom of movement within the realm. Yes, the government may seem to be acting in the best interests of the country, but they cannot force you to go along with them.
A lot of these so-called rules and “laws” about COVID-19 are political and have no basis in English Law. Some of the rules may seem sensible and essential, but the government do not have the right to bully you into following what they want you to do. In many ways, the lockdown has caused more harm than good, especially to people’s mental health. The proper way to deal with this is to report the facts and risks and give people to opportunity to access the personal risk themselves. Never in British history has the government forced all subjects to affectively be under house arrest to combat a virus.
It is also very frustrating when we hear slogans such as “protect the NHS, save lives” and then see NHS doctors, nurses and other members of staff bending the rules. I personally know of NHS staff who have not been following the rules to the letter. It is a case of “do as I say, not do as I do.”
This is why I will be glad to see the end of draconian rules and restriction come to an end very soon.