Do I have to sign the hairdressing clause too?
Very little of Magna Carta is still relevant to today’s laws. And citing Section 61 will get you precisely nowhere, because it is not part of the “very little”. Sadly for all the cranks and the easily led, telling the authorities “I’m on common law”, or “Freeman on the land” is also irrelevant, and also, whisper it quietly, humiliatingly embarrassing in any court of law.
Did she die in vain?
None of this was allowed to permeate the world of one Sinead Quinn, of Quinn Blakey Hairdressers, situated on the main road in the village of Oakenshaw, south of Bradford. She has declined to consent to the latest restrictions, which have mandated the closing of hairdressers. So she has kept on trading, with the inevitable result.
As the BBC has reported, “A hair salon owner is now facing £27,000 in fines for repeatedly opening in breach of Covid-19 lockdown rules. Sinead Quinn was working at Quinn Blakey Hairdressers in Oakenshaw, Bradford, on Saturday when Kirklees Council officers issued a £4,000 fine. The council found the salon open again on Monday and Tuesday and issued two further £10,000 fines. It had £1,000 and £2,000 fines for previous breaches”.
But, not to worry, “Ms Quinn said on Instagram she did not consent to or accept the fines … The salon owner posted videos on the social networking site which show her talking to council officials and police, saying she had not broken any laws. On the video, she is heard saying: ‘I don't consent to any fines, so it will just be returned to sender’”.
While Kirklees Council ponders its next step - which may involve bailiffs distraining upon her assets and a court appearance - few of those looking on have registered any sympathy for her. Alex Tiffin’s reaction was typical: ”I see a Salon Owner took their legal advice from Facebook QC and decided that the meme about Magna Carta seemed strong enough”. What about Magna Carta, then? Did she really die in vain?
“If you've cited Magna Carta as a defence to avoid lockdown restrictions because some guy called Jeff said he saw it on a Bill Gates, 5G Mind Control & Lizard Overlord Facebook Group, then you deserve the £17k fine”. Actually, that’s now £27k. Or more. Louise Raw, who you can tell as she’s a doctor, added “I feel like someone on a Covid Denial website said ‘Yeah just say Magna Carta, they can’t touch you!’ and she believed it”.
As to what little of Magna Carta actually is relevant to today’s laws, Patrina Finn had bad news for Ms Quinn. “Oh dear, Article 61, void, was never incorporated into any statutory laws. Magna Carta was written for [the] nobility, not wider public. Of 4 clauses still applicable today, ‘No free man shall be … ruined in any way … except by the law of the land’, so that's you Ms Quinn”. £27k may indeed be ruinous to her.
The law is the law. You can’t make up your own by being taken in by wacko conspiracy guff. And Magna Carta doesn’t allow you to get round that law, just the opposite: it was intended to ensure that the law was what went. Which Ms Quinn may soon do.
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