‘That all and every Person and Persons who… is are or shall be reconciled to or shall hold Communion with the see or Church of Rome or shall profess the Popish Religion or shall marry a Papist shall be subject to such Incapacities as in such Case or Cases are by the said recited Act provided enacted and established.’
It is truly a privilege to live in the inclusive society that is Britain – inclusive, that is, for 56 million of the Queen’s 60 million subjects, writes Gerald Warner.
As the Act of Settlement cited above makes clear, there are still some people who are considered below the salt. Now Labour is making noises – again – about reforming this distasteful statute. Since the proposal is to do so during Labour’s fourth term – a period as hypothetical as Atlantis – even the staunchest defenders of the Protestant Succession are unlikely to be concerned.
Labour has no interest in removing Catholic disabilities: it is the most viciously anti-Christian Government ever; nor has it the slightest prospect of being in office for a fourth term. This will be a task for David Cameron. It should be done swiftly, competently and with minimal constitutional disruption. To that end the Forsyth Bill, scuppered by Liberal Democrat peers nine years ago, would be a sensible template.
Full story at Scotland on Sunday.