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MPs to decide if AMs should swear oath to Queen

Jan 19 2006

Tomos Livingstone, Western Mail


SOME do it wearing shorts, more do it with their fingers crossed behind their back and, in Scotland, some do it with a clenched fist in the air - and next week MPs will vote on whether their colleagues in the Assembly should be swearing an oath of allegiance to the Queen at all.

Just like MPs and members of the Scottish Parliament, AMs have to swear allegiance before they can draw their salaries. Unlike in Westminster and Edinburgh, however, Members in Cardiff Bay take the oath in private - hence the unusual dress code employed by some.

Many politicians from all parties have strong republican views, and see the oath as an anachronism that has to be endured. But now Plaid Cymru is proposing giving AMs the chance to swear allegiance to the Welsh people instead.

The move is one of dozens of amendments to the Government of Wales Bill - which will strengthen the Assembly's powers. They will discuss and vote on the amendments, which range from what the Assembly should be called to the way it is financed, on Monday and Tuesday.

The Conservatives are also planning to table a counter-amendment which would force AMs to take the office in public, in the Assembly Chamber. AMs now only have to appear in private in the Clerk's Office.

At present AMs and MPs say the words (atheists and non-Christians can leave out the references to God): "I do swear by Almighty God [or, I do solemnly declare and affirm] that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, her heirs and successors according to law [So help me God]".

Plaid would give AMs the choice of: "I do solemnly swear to discharge the responsibility required of me to the best of my abilities and faithfully serve the people of Wales, whom I here represent."
http://icwales.icnetwork.co.uk/0100...ams-should-swear-oath-to-queen-name_page.html

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What are your views on swearing allegiance to HM? Do you think it's only a matter of time before the oath is killed?

I personally think that it should be taken, whether you're joining a service or whether you're an MP, AM and so on.
 

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