800 years ago, on a sunny morning in June 1215, a bunch of English nobles (there may be a more appropriate collective noun, but Lord M will leave that to the reader’s discretion) got together and bullied the king – wicked King John, that is, of Robin Hood infamy – into signing a charter of rights. While many of the ‘rights’ were about leaving barons free to do whatever it is that barons do, the great charter included rights and entitlements we now take for granted, such as the right to a fair trial.

So when June 15 comes round this year, Lord M will be raising a glass (responsibly, of course) to the grand charter of the common, unless the barony has come through, in which case it’s wainage and amercements to the lot of you …