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There must be conflicts with Freemasonry

31 July, 2020

‘How can police really keep their professional oaths or their codes of conduct?’

• THE letter from the Metropolitan Police Service (July 17) in response to criticism of yet more police harassment against black people ignored a very important point: Freemasonry.

“You must conceal all the crimes of your brother masons, except murder and treason, and these only at your own option, and should you be summoned as a witness against a brother mason be always sure to shield him.

“Prevaricate (falsely), don’t tell the whole truth in his case, keep his secrets, forget the most important points…” (Edmond Ronayne, p183, Masonic Handbook).

How can police – or judges, politicians, lawyers, charities, the press, doctors, etc – really keep their professional “oaths” or their “codes of conduct” with such obviously “conflicting interests”?

Would the biggest “hindrances” to democracy (royal assent, privilege – Magna Carta) and “non-disclosure agreements” (bribery, harassment, intimidation – crimes) really be legal if we were a “proper democracy”?

DENISE JULIE HYAM,
SW1

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