This image of the Queen and her immediate family along with a distant cousin who was recently elected as Prime Minister and the Archbishop of Canterbury sitting together in Runnymede to celebrate 800 years of Magna Carta is hard to take seriously in the context of celebrations of a document that is supposed to have ripped power from King John and the Pope (whose power was represented by the then Archbishop of Canterbury), through regional Barons to you and I. No one on the photo represents you and I in terms of the regional transfer of power. At least Justin Welby has the understanding and decency to look away from this deceit. These faces all represent a modern ruling elite whose predecessors, just like the Queens have resisted the transfer of power every step of the way. That we all benefit from a small part of the original document and its subsequent updates is crystal clear. However it will be telling if any of the people above bother to turn up for any events planned for the 4th November 2015 when we can celebrate the drafting of another document which has been equally dramatic in its time has origins with a similar British Pedigree.
Almost exactly 80 years ago, in July 1935 the voters of Liverpool West Derby elected a Conservative MP, David Maxwell Fyfe. After the war he went on to chair the drafting group of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms which was signed on 4th November 1950 by all of the member states of the Council of Europe. Just as those with power 800 years ago resisted Magna Carta, so today our Conservative Government, successor is wanting to tear up the work of David Maxwell Fyfe. It is vital that as we celebrate Runnymede 800, that we also celebrate Rome 65 and our children live to see its 100th Anniversary in 2050 and beyond.