English Bill of Rights

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William of Rights, generally known as Bill of Rights was a famous Englishman.

Some people said that it was a silly name but he always retorted that "It's no sillier than William of Orange". And he was right. Rights is actually a small village in England, where Bill of Rights came from, whereas Orange is a colour.

William of orange

Because Bill was right about the silliness of his name, people thought he would probably be right about other things too so they asked him to write down the things he was right about. He thought that people should have a lot of freedom, for example:

  • Freedom from tacks. These are quite dangerous if you stand on them.
  • Freedom to partition the King. No-one knew quite what this was, but it sounded like it might be fun.
  • Freedom from the army standing on you.
  • Freedom to wear bear arms
  • Freedom from speeches, especially long, boring ones.
  • Freedom from unusual punishments. These would include being made to lie on some tacks while an army stood on you and Gordon Brown declaimed some of his favourite speeches.

Bill of Rights became so famous that people in foreign countries started copying his name so, to avoid confusion, he was usually known as "English" Bill of Rights. His support for the wearing of bear arms was particularly taken up by his namesake in the United States, where this practice was popular with almost everyone, except the bears.