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Saturday, 30 June 2007

Magistrate right to walk out on veiled woman in dock

Ian Murray, a lay magistrate sitting in Manchester, absented himself from a case yesterday in which a woman completely covered by a hijab appeared in the dock. He was quite right to do so.

Every judge and every magistrate in the land dispenses justice on behalf of the sovereign; the Queen is symbolically present in every court. Ours is a Christian nation with Christian laws and a Christian sovereign. Surmounting the crown that itself surmounts the monarch's arms is a cross; this Christian symbol behind the heads of our judges and magistrates is fundamental to British law and justice.

Or as Kipling had it,

If , drunk with sight of power, we loose

Wild tongues that have not Thee in awe,

Such boastings as the Gentiles use,

Or lesser breeds without the Law
Lord God of hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget - lest we forget!

1 comment:

Guthrum said...

I don't think I would have got very far wearing a full face mask in front of a magistrate,