Letter: Parliamentary oath

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The Independent Online
Sir: Your leading article on Sinn Fein and the parliamentary oath (5 December) misses the point: their refusal is based upon a rejection of the sovereignty of the British government - whether or not this is symbolised in the monarch.

However, your suggestion of an oath to pursue "liberty and justice for all" might be practical; Sinn Fein probably believe that this is what they have always been doing.

GERARD M BLAIR

West Linton, Peebleshire

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