The pretty well pointless Plantagenet petitions keep coming
The argument over where to bury Richard III rumbles on. There are no fewer than 14 petitions on the Downing Street website put there by people with strong views on where and how the last Plantagenet king should be put to rest.
In that contest, York Minster is ahead of all the contenders, having attracted nearly 22,000 signatures, but the Chapter of York Minster has said that it would be more appropriate for him to be interred in Leicester Cathedral, near where his bones were discovered.
There is a rival petition championing the Priory Street Centre Car Park in York, but that is probably not a serious suggestion and has not picked up much support.
More seriously, the recently elected MP for Corby Andy Sawford is organising a campaign to have him returned to Fotherinhay, in Northamptonshirewhere he was born and where his father, the Duke of York, and one of his brothers are buried.
The government is wisely staying out of his one. Dan Jarvis, MP for Barnsley Central, asked in a Commons question whether they would consider burying him anywhere other than Leicester, but was firmly told by the Justice Minister, Helen Grant: “This is solely a matter for Leicester university, who were granted a licence to exhume buried remains which could have been those of Richard III.”
That reply makes all those signatures on all those Downing Street petitions pretty well pointless.
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