27 July 2011

The Squire

Once, someone told me about a play called Squire, written by a poet called Tom Pickard. The play was on television in the 70s, I've never seen it, but I'm told the story is about an unemployed man from Newcastle upon Tyne who refuses to work. He refuses to work because he's a Squire (or, he thinks he is) and squires don't work do they?
Instead, they mince about in plus fours, play croquet and live off others.
It appears there is someone else with a similar fantasy: instead of a squire, this time he's a Lord (see, Mereworth v Ministry of Justice [2011] EWHC 1589 (Ch)). The chap has this delusional view that by accident of birth he can sit in the House of Lords and interfere with the democratic process. Having more money than the Squire, at first blush, he doesn't appear to be as screwy; but the courts managed to see through him and subsequently knocked him back. They reduced him to the same status as the Lord of Harpole but were kind enough not to point out that Harpole has a lot more talent and made a greater contribution to our society.

The chap's court case draws attention to the fallacy of democracy in the UK pre-1999 and clarifies the constitutional position for those who share his delusion. However, there is still a long way to go before we stop subordinating ourselves to the delusions of others.

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