Monday, January 30, 2012

A good day for parliaments

The Canadian parliament resumes sitting today, but that's not what I was thinking of.

Today, January 30, in 1649, Charles I of England was executed in London, after having being duly tried and convicted for war crimes against his own people and for overthrowing his obligations to the English constitution and the English parliament.  Charles denied he had any such obligations.  On his way to the block, he declared, "For the people I must tell you, that their liberty and freedom... is not for having a share in government.  Sirs, that is nothing pertaining to them."
On this day, a parliament responded, demonstrating rather forcefully that indeed the people do have a share in government.

(h/t to James Bowden, whose blog Parliamentum has struck me as rather Monarchum lately.  Image: Wikipedia)
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