I found it very frustrating to not be able to vote in the latest elections; I knew that in my constituency (Hove), it would be a close battle between the Labour and Tory candidates and that every vote would count. In the end, just 420 votes separated them. So I’ve been looking at becoming a British citizen, and I was astounded to learn that in order to do so, I have to swear an oath of allegiance to the Queen during a citizenship ceremony, which would cost me a mere £288. The word "allegiance" comes from liege, "A vassal or subject owing allegiance and services to a lord or sovereign under feudal law".
I have lived in this country for ten years, during which time I have worked, paid my taxes, invested time and efforts in my local community, and not once got into trouble with the law. Isn’t that what being a good citizen means? Am I the only one to find very odd that, in order to be able to participate fully in the democratic processes of this country, I have to swear allegiance to the head of a feudal system which, originally, denied any kind of power to its subjects?