The Glorious Revolution and the Bill of Rights (Brit Style!)

The Glorious Revolution brought to the throne of England William and Mary and with it the acceptance that the power of the country over which they ruled would rest in the legislative body and not within some idea of an ordained-by-God ruler. Whoever sat on that throne was there not by the ordinance of God, it was to be understood, but by the consent of the people.

Was There a Real Mother Hubbard?

Sarah Catherine Martin had quite the interesting life; it is said that she was once the lover of the man who would become England’s King William IV. It was while visiting the home of her future in-laws that her future brother-in-law with the name, I kid you not, John Bastard, became so incensed by Sarah’s incessant chattering while he was trying to compose a letter that he told her to “run away and write one of your stupid little rhymes.”

The Hillsborough Disaster and the Rupert Murdoch School of Journalism

The Hillsborough Disaster, for you Americans who confused the media owned by Rupert Murdoch with journalist entities, was the worst stadium tragedy in British history. It happened at a soccer game, as you might expect. Too many people in too little space dominated by a structure incapable of handling such stress. The result was the death of 96 people. The Wednesday after the Hillsborough Disaster, Rupert Murdoch’s newspaper The Sun, and only The Sun, ran this headline: THE TRUTH”, “Some fans picked pockets of victims”, “Some fans urinated on the brave cops”, “Some fans beat up PC giving kiss of life”.

The Magna Carta and the Jury System

The function of the jury in the American judicial system is to attend the trial and deliberate on the evidence in order to provide a unanimous verdict. The point of a jury system is that it is supposed to provide a fair and unbiased examination of the evidence; taking away the power of the judge who may be prejudicial in his decision.