Quote: Originally Posted by WLDB
If they tried to prosecute someone for that today I imagine it'd only damage the monarchy's reputation or popularity.
Why? It's not the fault of the monarchy that that law is in existence. It's an old law, which dates back to before any human today was even born.
People forget just how old Britain is. There are thousands of ancient laws that are still on the statute books but which have no bearing on life today, but are still on the statute books merely books successive governments forget to take them off.
Evey so often, though, a government has a bit of a statute book clean up, taking of some useless or bizarre laws.
For example, it's illegal to wear a suit of armour in Parliament (from a law dating back to 1313 but which is still in effect because governments have forgotten to take it of the statute books).
Another ancient law states that it's illegal to DIE in Parliament.
Yet I doubt any MP would be put on trial for wearing a suit of armour in parliament, even though it's illegal, and I doubt old Dennis Skinner's family would be punished if the old Labour left wing dinosaur suddenly snuffed it during PMQs.
It's illegal to eat mince pies in Britain, because the Cromwellian Puritan parliament of the English Republic banned them in the 1650s. They are still illegal today because the law has just been forgotten to be taken off the statute books, but millions of people still eat mince pies every Christmas and I'm not aware of any convictions.
It's also illegal to fire a cannon close to a dwelling house (Met Police Act 1839); to use any slide (such as a sledge) upon ice or snow (Town Police Clauses Act 1847); and to drive cattle through the streets of London (Metropolitan Streets Act 1867). Yet I am not aware of any being prosecuted for using a sledge in the winter.
Not only that, but it's illegal to place a postage stamp bearing the monarch's head upside-down and illegal not to tell the tax man anything you do not want him to know, but legal not to tell him information you do not mind him knowing. Yet these things probably occur every day, yet nobody is prosecuted for them.
On the other hand, it is LEGAL for a pregnant woman to relieve herself anywhere she wants, even in the street. Yet if a pregnant woman DID relieve herself in the street, she'd probably be arrested and fined.
The head of any dead whale found on the British coast automatically becomes the property of the King. The tail automatically becomes the property of the Queen.
Last edited by Blackleaf; Dec 15th, 2013 at 09:44 AM..