20th April 2008
The law on royal succession which puts any son ahead of his elder sister are under attack again. Jeffrey, Lord Archer was the last parliamentarian to introduce a bill to change the rules before he was sent to prison.
Now Vera Baird, the Solicitor General has weighed in with an extraordinarily patronising statement that 'what we have to do with the Royal Family is integrate them as far as possible into the human race.' The ban on the monarch marrying a Roman Catholic is also 'discriminatory'. A Single Equality Bill expected later this year may include measures to change both practises.
Libdem equality 'spokesperson', Lynne Featherstone MP, said a reform on the succession rules would receive cross-party support. 'We can't allow a blatantly sexist law on royal succession to continue,' she said, 'Let's confine this outdated message that men are better than women to the dustbin of history.'
Even the Queen is said to be supportive of the change, which would only affect the children of Prince William, in the event he were to succeed and sire a legitimate daughter before a son. In fact, by the time Her Majesty's great grand-child is due to succeed to what is left of the throne, Britain could be a very different place, so on one level to change the rules does not matter.
However, it will not have escaped the notice of those agitating for this change that the order of succession derives from the Christian faith. The Crown is treated in our law as property to be inherited which means the principles established in the case of Zelophehad's Daughters apply. Numbers 27:8 established that inheritance should pass to the daughters if a man died and had no son. And whether the feminocracy like it or not, God made the man to rule over the woman. As it happens, they don't like it, so this move to change the law is one more instance of overturning God's created order and chipping away at our Christian Constitution.
The bulk of the human race to which the Royal Family is being invited to join is actually quite happy to see the man as head of the household. Businesses pass to sons along with aristocratic titles. and a woman marrying will take her husband's name, as Lynne Featherstone (née Ryness) and Vera Baird (née Thomas) will no doubt testify.