Tuesday, September 26, 2006

A Bit of History

In Maurice Ashley's fine biography, The Greatness of Oliver Cromwell, Ashley writes that in July 1635 King Charles I demanded a levy of money to pay for an Anglo-Spanish alliance against the Dutch. The King asked the judges to confirm that the levy was legal, and they did so.

One of the justices explained, "There was a rule of law and a rule of government, and that many things which might not be done be the rule of law might be done by the rule of government."

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