I 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. I 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 I will let and withstand the same to the uttermost of my 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. I will in all things to be moved, treated and debated in Council, faithfully and truly declare my Mind and Opinion, according to my Heart and Conscience; and will keep secret all matters committed and revealed unto me, or that shall be treated of secretly in Council. And if any of the said Treaties or Counsels shall touch any of the Counsellors I 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. I will to my 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 I will do as a faithful and true Servant ought to do to Her Majesty so help me God.
Monday, 14 September 2015
Will Corbyn swear the oath?
The leader of the opposition has always been invited to join the Privy Council, if not already a member. But taking the title 'Right Honourable' also involves a solemn undertaking. Will Corbyn be prepared to swear the oath, or will he try to lead the opposition from outside the Privy Council? Today may tell.