Parliament and Loyalty

The House of Commons and the House of Lords have the business of representing the people and the lords respectively. When some one is elected to represent the people of a constituency he must swear an Oath of Allegiance  before taking his seat. The Oath  is:-


I swear by Almighty God [or, I do solemnly and sincerely affirm] that I shall be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, her heirs and successors according to law [So help me God]

I read it as a definite commitment to the interests of the United Kingdom and its citizens, No doubt there are lawyers who would argue against the point if they were paid enough.

Gerry Adams refused to swear this Oath, somewhat to his credit. It would have played very badly with his constituency which is to say the IRA and its followers. See The Commons Oath and an analysis


Errors & omissions, broken links, cock ups, over-emphasis, malice [ real or imaginary ] or whatever; if you find any I am open to comment.

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