Irish Catholics in Britain would have been shocked to learn that the constitutional device that keeps their co-religionists from acceding to the throne is "anti-catholic."
Under the headline 'Act of Settlement Is Blatantly Anti-Catholic' UK weekly the Irish Post this week reports on comments made by the spokesman for the RC Church in Scotland, Peter Kearney.
Mr Kearney was responding Scottish First Minister Alec Salmond's comments that 18th century discrimination should have no place in the 21st century society.
According to the Post Mr Kearney said that the law barring catholics from the throne was "nothing but state-sponsored sectarianism. The Act of Settlement is demonstrably sectarian and anti-catholic."
Chair of History at Maidenhead University, Ken Lucid, said: "Give me a sec - I need to think about this for a while... NOT!
"Act Of Settlement? Well duh! Of course it's bloody anti-catholic. It was bloody well designed to be anti-Catholic. What do they think?
"What they said was 'We're not letting any bloody left-footers near this throne again - can't be the servant of two masters... serve the Pope and the mainly-protestant British people.' How do they do that without being anti-catholic?
"So now it might get changed. Welcome to the 21st century!"