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Thomas Reilly (Letters, 13, June) proposes a Nobel Prize for the person who uncovers whether or not our judges are bound by conflicting oaths, one to a secret society and one to the Queen.

I might be on my way to Oslo to collect my Nobel if only I can surmount the obfuscation and delaying tactics of the Scottish Parliament.

To give an example of what I am up against; in November 2012 I completed the Public Petitions Committee online public petition form with my petition, which has the “short title” describing its purposes as: “Secret society membership declaration by decision-makers.”

The clerks of the PPC suggested I, “shorten the title to secret society membership. That title will still explain what the petition is about without being overly wordy”.

I rejected this interference with my petition on the basis that I am not against secret society membership per se, as the clerk’s proposed new title would infer. I am content that butchers, bakers, and candlestick makers can legitimately, and without declaration, belong to secret societies such as the freemasons. My petition is aimed at bringing in a requirement for decision-makers in the justice system to register such membership.

Six months on I am still trying to have my petition accepted by the censors, er, clerks, of the PPC and when, or if I live long enough to do so, I think I will deserve my Nobel Prize and a knighthood, or at least an MBE, for what seems like smoke-wrestling with Holyrood ­bureaucracy.

Tom Minogue

Victoria Terrace

Dunfermline, Fife

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