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Prayers for Parliament
"Our Father, which art in Heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done, in earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
"Almighty God, by whom alone Kings reign, and Princes decree justice; and from whom alone cometh all counsel, wisdom, and understanding; we thine unworthy servants, here gathered together in thy Name, do most humbly beseech thee to send down thy Heavenly Wisdom from above, to direct and guide us in all our consultations; and grant that, we having thy fear always before our eyes, and laying aside all private interests, prejudices, and partial affections, the result of all our counsels may be to the glory of thy blessed Name, the maintenance of true Religion and Justice, the safety, honour, and happiness of the Queen, the publick wealth, peace and tranquillity of the Realm, and the uniting and knitting together of the hearts of all persons and estates within the same, in true Christian Love and Charity one towards another, through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Amen.
"THE Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all evermore. Amen."
Her Majesty was pleased to speak as follows:
"My Lords and Members of the House of Commons,
"My Government's central priority is to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, knowing that all else, including economic prosperity and social stability, will be added.
"To this end, my Government will honour my Coronation Oath, which was to maintain the laws of God and the True Profession of the Gospel. They will follow the precepts of the Holy Bible, which was given to me to be the rule for my whole life and Government.
"My Government will legislate in humility, recognising that God makes the law, not fallible human beings.
"A Bill will be introduced to reform the criminal justice system, away from the principle that crimes are committed against the State, and towards restorative justice on the Biblical model. No-one will ever again be convicted or imprisoned in my realm on the evidence of one witness or accuser, but only on the evidence of two or three witnesses. With the knowledge that criminals are soundly convicted, my Government will re-introduce the death penalty as the only way to make restoration in the case of murder, because God made man in His image. Everyone, both accused and victim, will be treated equally under the law and my Government will repeal all legislation to do with the aggravation of offences. A related Police Bill will restore the role of the police as custodians of public order rather than as agents of social change. My Government will no longer use expressions like "war on terror" to soften up the public for identity cards or take away civil liberties granted by Almighty God.
"My Government will regard each human being, however vulnerable and dependent upon others, as made in the image of God. For too long our land has been defiled with the blood of innocents shed in abortion clinics. Tomorrow, my Government will direct that abortion will cease in all NHS hospitals, and a Health Bill will be laid before you swiftly to repeal the Abortion Act and to abolish in-vitro fertilisation. Human life will be protected in our hospitals, and the withdrawal of food and water will be treated as murder. My Government will also abolish private contracts in the NHS and will bring cleaning back under the control of hospital managers, who will be held directly responsible for deaths and incapacity through hospital-acquired infections.
"My Government are committed to restoring and rewarding trust, honesty and faithfulness. Legislation will be introduced to ensure that adultery, desertion or cruelty are restored as the only grounds for divorce, and divorce settlements will depend upon conduct, with joint property and children awarded to the innocent party. My Government will end the injustice of secret family courts so that justice in family law is done and is seen to be done.
"At the heart of my Government's programme is sound public finance. My Government will not spend more than they can justly raise in taxation. They will no longer borrow money that must be paid back by our children. They will not spend taxpayers' hard-earned money on grandiose schemes, expensive refurbishments, lavish entertaining, management consultants, politically-correct appointees, health education, party-political personnel and propaganda or quangos. They will bring the functions of quangos back into government and give their various responsibilities back to ministers who will again be answerable for them in Parliament. My Government will put forward no more public-private finance initiatives and will bring forward such legislation as may be necessary to wind up any outstanding initiatives. Legislation will be brought before you to ensure lending institutions in the private sector only lend money responsibly. A Bill will be introduced to abolish the National Lottery and repeal the Gambling Act 2005.
"Members of the House of Commons,
"Estimates for the public service will be laid before you, honestly reflecting legitimate areas of state concern.
"My Lords and Members of the House of Commons,
"A Bill will be introduced to prohibit anyone who has given money or favours to a political party from receiving a life peerage, and to prohibit donations to political parties by sitting peers. Existing life peers who have given money to political parties will be replaced in the House of Lords by an equal number of those hereditary peers who were removed in 1999.
"My Government will set an example in public life by being comprised of trustworthy, honest, upright, able men. Proven adulterers, cheats, liars, thieves and perverts will find no place in my Government. My Government will show respect to the people of the United Kingdom and to Parliament and in that way will earn respect. Members of my Government will behave in a righteous and seemly way. My Government are sorry they have in recent years set the wrong sort of example and encouraged loutish behaviour everywhere and at every level in my realm.
"A Bill will be laid before you to restore the position of the father as guardian of his legitimate children, to restore the authority of parents over their children, to require criminal standards of evidence in open court before children are taken into local authority care and for related purposes. My Government are deeply sorry that so many families have been torn apart by social workers on the evidence of prejudiced doctors with axes to grind, and will ensure that all cases where this has happened are impartially and independently reviewed. And by independently, this time my Government mean independently.
"My Government will make parents responsible for their children's education and a Bill to abolish the Department of Education will be laid before you. Where parents choose to delegate their personal responsibility to educate their children to schools, those schools will be run independently of Government, and legislation will be brought forward to ensure they are run and conduct teaching on Christian principles.
"My Government deeply regrets that so many young lives have been ruined through abortion or infertility by the teenage pregnancy strategy, and legislation will be introduced to ban the free distribution of contraceptives and school sex education and to encourage chastity and fidelity.
"My Government will bring forward a Bill to repeal all Acts of Parliament relating to sexual offences passed after 1957 and to repeal the Civil Partnership Act and the Gender Recognition Act of the last Parliament.
"My Government have to admit that having killed so many children in the womb, we now have a pensions crisis and a skills shortage. My Government deeply regrets ignoring this problem all these years, and will have to introduce flexible retirement now. My Government now believes we should treat elderly people as resources of knowledge and wisdom in the work place. Other measures will be laid before you for pensions provision and to recognise the worth of families and children. In the longer term, we should get back to replacing our population and allowing early retirement again, but my Government is sorry that for the next twenty or thirty years, it is going to be hard work.
"Legislation will be introduced to remove the burden of punitive taxation from motorists, and to restore justice to motoring law. A Bill will be introduced to remove the requirement upon motorists to incriminate themselves or others after passing through speed traps and to abolish the current system whereby adjudicators are paid by the local authority seeking to recover parking fines. My Government will seek to use the money raised by taxation on motorists solely to fund road-building and subsidise and improve public transport and a Bill will be introduced to restore the railways to public ownership.
"Since I owe my sovereignty to Almighty God alone, legislation will be brought forward to withdraw the United Kingdom from the European Union. This will release between 17 and 40 billion a year which my Government will use to reduce national debt and taxation. We shall regain control over our industry, agriculture and fisheries, which we shall support and develop. Restrictive legislation originating from the European Union since the United Kingdom joined will be repealed.
"My Government will strengthen the armed forces, conscious of our God-given duty to protect our subjects and will trust the people of the United Kingdom enough to legislate to allow them to hold arms for their self-defence, and for the defence of the realm. My Government will not tolerate bullying or humiliating initiation rites in our armed forces or behaviour inconsistent with Christian standards. Legislation will be brought forward to segregate men and women in operational units and to remove women from ships and front-line duties.
"The environment is central to our well-being and my Government will encourage good stewardship. Legislation will be brought before you to ban genetically-modified products and plants in the United Kingdom and to encourage organic production and local preparation and distribution of food. Further legislation will be introduced to encourage energy efficiency in all premises from domestic to government. Legislation will also prohibit the sale of playing fields and allotments. My Government support the sports of shooting and fishing, will repeal the Hunting Act 2004 and will instead legislate to prevent undue suffering to animals hunted.
"The cultural environment is equally as important, and my Government accept that much of what happens in our theatres and on television is corrupt, ungodly and demeaning, coarsening and degrading public life. Legislation will be introduced to repeal the Obscene Publications Act and prohibit indecent displays and the use of obscene language and violence on stage, on screen and in literature, art and broadcasting.
"My Government are aware that they are responsible in the eyes of God to safeguard the necessities of life and that in spite of that they have done nothing to deal with Britain's energy crisis. They will build as many nuclear power stations as are necessary, and will remove the subsidies from wind generation. They will undertake an urgent investigation into re-opening as many coal mines as possible, so that the United Kingdom may once more become self-sufficient in energy. My Government also believe it is important for men to be in work and for British industry to retake its place in the world. Legislation will be brought forward to require companies operating in Britain to locate call-centres in the United Kingdom rather than abroad.
"Measures will be brought forward to invigorate the Christian foundations of the United Kingdom, to restore Sunday as a day of rest, to encourage local authorities to honour Christian festivals such as Christmas and Easter, to celebrate our Christian heritage, to make the promotion of the Christian faith an unassailable charitable object, and to remove charitable status from bodies promoting other faiths and those hostile to the Christian faith.
"In Northern Ireland, my Government undertake that only those committed to purely democratic means will participate in government, and they will take full control over security without the involvement of foreign governments.
"My Government will bring our troops home from Iraq as soon as possible, and will not engage in unrighteous and unjust foreign adventures where no British interest or need for self-defence can be proven. Legislation will be brought before you to restrict the sale of arms by British companies to foreign governments.
"A Bill will be introduced to reform asylum according to Christian principles, so that Christians genuinely persecuted abroad may find a safe haven in the United Kingdom, whilst excluding those seeking to take advantage of our hospitality for other reasons. My Government is deeply concerned to defend persecuted Christian minorities around the world, and in Muslim and Hindu countries in particular, and will work to achieving the same levels of tolerance for Christian minorities in countries such as Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and India as Muslims and Hindus enjoy in the United Kingdom.
"My Government is committed to fair trade rather than free trade, and will re-establish trading links with Commonwealth countries. My Government will support the right of the state of Israel to exist in peace and will deal truthfully and straightforwardly with foreign governments.
"My Government will work for the cancellation of debt and will provide foreign aid from now on to small-scale projects which will genuinely benefit the poor rather than line the pockets of despotic rulers.
"My Government is committed to ensuring that future payments by the United Kingdom to the United Nations will be conditional on that body promoting righteousness and giving up its promotion of new age religion, birth-control, abortion and feminism world-wide.
"Other righteous measures will be laid before you.
"You are about to go about the business of legislating according to the will of God rather than in your own limited wisdom, as you used to do. Therefore,