Thursday, June 28, 2007

Who does Gordon serve

It must be pretty confusing to be Gordon.
When he became a Privy Councillor he had to swear an oath. Which as the Privy Council Office helpfully point out is "still binding"
The Oath of a Privy Counsellor

You do swear by Almighty God to
be a true and faithful Servant unto The Queen’s Majesty as one of Her Majesty’s Privy Council. You will not know or understand of any manner of thing to be attempted, done or spoken against Her Majesty’s Person, Honour, Crown or
Dignity Royal, but you will lett and withstand the same to the uttermost of your
power, and either cause it to be revealed to Her Majesty Herself, or to such of Her Privy Council as shall advertise Her Majesty of the same. You will in all things to be moved, treated and debated in Council, faithfully and truly declare your Mind and Opinion, according to your Heart and Conscience; and will keep secret all matters committed and revealed unto you, or that shall be treated of secretly in Council. And if any of the said Treaties or Counsels shall touch any of the Counsellors you will not reveal it unto him but will keep the same until such time as, by the consent of Her Majesty or of the Council, Publication shall be made thereof. You will to your uttermost bear Faith and Allegiance to the Queen’s Majesty; and will assist and defend all civil and temporal Jurisdictions, Pre-eminences, and Authorities, granted to Her Majesty and annexed to the Crown by Acts of Parliament, or otherwise, against all Foreign Princes, Persons, Prelates, States, or Potentates. And generally in all things you will do as a faithful and true Servant ought to do to Her Majesty

Pretty conclusive about where the loyalty lies, and definately not keen n foreigners.

Next we have his signing of the Claim of Right in July 1988.
"We, gathered as the Scottish Constitutional Convention, do hereby acknowledge the sovereign right of the Scottish people to determine the form of Government best suited to their needs, and do hereby declare and pledge that in all our actions and deliberations their interests shall be paramount.

Ok so far so confused. Lovely isn't it that he is the Prime Minister of England - but not of Scotland whilst sitting for a Scottish seat in which his decisions on large areas of policy have no effect. And here he is saying that he will favour one part of the Kingdom over another.

Then we look at the European sngle. By becoming head of Government he is now by default a member of the European Council. The new Treaty has as one of it's provisions (lifted wholesale from the Constitution) thefact that the European Council will become a "European Institution". Currently it is not legally a European institution, instead it is a multilaeral forum.
The purpose of this change is to make the Council apply the same rules to itself that are currently in force for the Commission. Not only that but it's actions will be justicable throuugh the European Court of Justice. And he we have Article I -19 of the Constitution which states that the European Council must (and remember this is law)
- promote its values,
- advance its objectives,
- serve its interests, those of its citizens and those of the Member States,
- ensure the consistency, effectiveness and continuity of its policies and actions.

So Gordon who do you serve, and who do you lie to?

1 comment:

Sainted George said...

I have blogged on it here