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Wednesday, August 18, 2021

A misguided attempt to "seize" Edinburgh Castle yesterday evening under "Magna Carta" -- a Latin royal charter signed by King John of England in 1215 -- proved short-lived.

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...Wheezing as though too many deep-fried Mars bars had been consumed before the band of 20-odd dissidents climbed Castle Rock*, the leader filming the altercation with staff repeatedly spouted phrases like "we the people" and "sovereign" as though she didn't really know what any of it meant.

"Hi!" she yelled as police inevitably turned up. "We are free, we are sovereign, this building belongs to the people of the land!"

"Aye, OK," a rather more composed officer responded.

"Today history is gonna be made!" she continued. "We are restoring the rule of law! It's gonna happen today in Scotland!"

She rambled on that "every police station" in Scotland had been put "on notice" that this was going to happen, and that "Edinburgh Castle now belongs to we the people."

"We've had enough of these fake acts of statures [sic], which are made up by a fake corruption who are -----------, who are run by -----------, who have been cheating the people of the UK... Genocide has been committed, high treason has been committed, we have the proof, we have the evidence, and today we are gonna be restoring the rule of law."

The unperturbed officer responded: "Aye, OK. No worries at all," before trying to figure out what the group expected to achieve.

She tells the cop: "We're gonna be using Article 61 of Magna Carta, which is actually the only law in effect," as the basis for their authority to seize Edinburgh Castle.

Though the screed is obviously riddled with the same sorts of assumptions and factual errors more commonly seen among conspiracy theorists over the pond, the biggest mistake is that the protesters had no authority whatsoever to claim the stronghold....

[emphasis mine]

Interesting that our friends in England seem to use the US-based conspiracy theorists as some manner of touchstone for ignorance.


#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-08-18 01:39 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

There's a whack-a-doodle nutter born every minute via the Internet.

#2 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2021-08-18 02:01 PM | Reply

"... Genocide has been committed, high treason has been committed, we have the proof, we have the evidence,.." - This quote could come straight out of MyPillow guy's symposium proving the 2020 election was stolen. Funny how quickly stupidity spreads like a virus among conspiracy theorists.

#3 | Posted by moder8 at 2021-08-18 03:20 PM | Reply

I'm impressed they made it up that hill.

#4 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-08-18 04:26 PM | Reply

"we have the proof, we have the evidence, and today we are gonna be restoring the rule of law."

Funny, whenever they say that, they lose in court.

#5 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-08-18 07:22 PM | Reply

the most interesting part of this story to me is that the English regard the Magna Carta as nothing to bother with:

The tl;dr goes to medieval history buff Lord Sumption who told fellow celeb historian Dan Snow: "It's an obscure Latin text which modified English law to deal with a number of highly specific grievances against King John which had no abiding historical relevance. It didn't create Parliament, it didn't create rule of law, which existed both before and after. It was essentially a self-interested document produced by a bunch of baronial millionaires in their own interest."
Yet the Magna Carta was taught to me in school as being the founding document for our Bill of Rights, and critical in the creation of our Constitution. For instance:
www.history.com

That and these knuckleheads are wacky, and the cop was so blase about it all. Classic English.

#6 | Posted by YAV at 2021-08-18 07:50 PM | Reply

MODER8 @ #3

"Funny how quickly stupidity spreads like a virus among conspiracy theorists."

That reminded me of a truism that was posted on this site years ago:

"A lie can travel around the world and back again while the truth is tying it's shoelaces."

#7 | Posted by Twinpac at 2021-08-19 01:23 AM | Reply

" A little lie can travel half way 'round the world while Truth is still lacing up her boots."

- Mark -----

#8 | Posted by TrueBlue at 2021-08-19 02:02 AM | Reply

Thank you, TRUEBLUE.

I almost got it right. ~ LOL

#9 | Posted by Twinpac at 2021-08-19 03:23 AM | Reply

Read the comments below the article...simply hilarious!

#10 | Posted by danni at 2021-08-19 07:23 AM | Reply

Mark Twajn's last name got X'd out? What's up with that?

#11 | Posted by Twinpac at 2021-08-19 08:17 AM | Reply

Thanks Danni for making me read the comments! Full UK humour going on. It's like a Monty Python skit! Even when verging on politics of the U.S. it's well done:

[ However, the US copy is of the 1297 version, so lacks clause 61 which totally explicitly says you don't have to wear a mask during a global pandemic: "Onay owerpay aymay equireray asksmay otay ebay ornway", and that anyone whose rights under that clause were violated shall be compensated by being awarded the village known as Slough... ]

Quite a hefty prize!

#12 | Posted by YAV at 2021-08-19 08:25 AM | Reply

Neither the ----- shall meet!
- this is a test. :)

#13 | Posted by YAV at 2021-08-19 08:27 AM | Reply

>the most interesting part of this story to me is that the English regard the Magna Carta as nothing to bother with:

I recently read a short book on the Magna Carta.
Basically, early 1200's, King John was a royal ----- (see what i did there?) who was really putting the squeeze on his barons for money and also men for his escapades in France.

It reached a boiling point and the barons were on the verge of rebelling, so John was forced to parlay with them and sign an agreement which checked the power of an all-powerful king and guaranteed some basic human rights.
At the time it wasn't seen as the document it is now.

Now these weird ----- who are 'taking the castle' do remind me of the weird ----- in the US who have been blabbering about being a 'sovereign citizen' and not subject to the law, etc.

Too much internet, people.

#14 | Posted by schifferbrains at 2021-08-19 08:54 AM | Reply

#14 - Exactly!

#15 | Posted by YAV at 2021-08-19 09:26 AM | Reply

The terminally stupid are easily led.

#16 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-08-19 02:39 PM | Reply

I hereby dub "Magatitus" a disease, that can spread,
and affect whole populations a continent away, with
utter stupidity!

#17 | Posted by earthmuse at 2021-08-20 05:39 AM | Reply

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