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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
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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,