A Draft Bill of Attainder against Tony Blair
by Sean Gabb
Note: Though I believe Mr Blair should be brought to trial and punished for his many crimes, this proposed Bill of Attainder should not be taken entirely seriously. Acts of Attainder were used to bring those to justice who had committed great crimes but against whom no normal process could be started. They were also frequently abused. Since any charges could be made out in a normal court of law, there is no need to revive this process for Mr Blair; and it may be asked if he is worth the trouble. But drafting the Bill gave me a good laugh, which is good enough reason to have drafted it..
Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—
1. That Anthony Charles Lynton Blair is declared guilty of high treason for his subverting the ancient and fundamental laws of England and introduction of a tyrannous and arbitrary government over the lives and liberties and property of the people of England;
2. That the said Anthony Charles Lynton Blair shall within thirty days of coming into force of this Act be taken to Trafalgar Square to be hanged by the neck until dead and that the details of this provision shall be arranged by majority vote of the persons named in the schedule to this Act and that the authority of such persons shall for the purpose of carrying this provision into effect be regarded as final and binding notwithstanding any rule of common or statutory law;
3. That all property of the said Anthony Charles Lynton Blair whether real or personal and whether held by him or for his benefit shall be forfeit and that the details of this provision shall be arranged by majority vote of the said persons named in the schedule to this Act and that the authority of such persons shall for the purpose of carrying this provision into effect be regarded as final and binding notwithstanding any rule of common or statutory law.
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