The Meaning of Magna Carta

Today (15th June 2015) is the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta. To mark the occasion here is a short educational video explaining the meaning and significance of this important historical event:

2 Responses to “The Meaning of Magna Carta”

  1. Anton Garrett Says:

    May I recommend the exhibition associated with Magna Carta’s 800th birthday at the British Library, running till the beginning of September? Not only is the BL showing its two copies (four survive and nobody knows which was the ‘original’ as all are countersigned by the barons and King John) but many other documents inspired by it: the 1689 Bill of rights which William of Orange was required to sign as a condition of being welcome as king after James II was deposed, the US Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights on loan from Washington (obviously we’ll be lending them one of the Magna Cartas sometime soon) and the UN Declaration of Human Rights. Anybody planning to go at a busy time should prebook online.

  2. Anton Garrett Says:

    The counterargument is that a PR system fails to necessarily associate a Member of Parliament with a constituency, so that people may not have anybody to represent them at national level who is guaranteed to have a local connection. Can a PR system be found which overcomes that drawback?

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