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Ministers told not to use human rights law as alibi

Posted in law and order by ukliberty on November 15, 2006

The Times reports,

Ministers told not to use human rights law as alibi. All-party report accuses Government of hiding behind the Human Rights Act to cover up failures. TONY BLAIR and other senior ministers are using human rights law as an excuse for failures in the running of the Government, a parliamentary report published [by the Joint Committee on Human Rights] today says.

The report itself seems highly critical of the Government. Here is a section worth quoting verbatim:

40. In our view, whatever other arguments there may be about whether the Human Rights Act should be amended, repealed, or replaced by a UK Bill of Rights, none of the three cases we have discussed so far – the Afghani hijackers judgment, the failure to consider foreign prisoners for deportation, and the Anthony Rice case – demonstrates a clear need to consider amending the Act. In each case, the Human Rights Act has been used as a convenient scapegoat for unrelated administrative failings within Government. (more…)

Queen’s speech – yet more law and order legislation

Posted in Fraud (Trials Without a Jury) Bill, law and order, Serious Crimes Bill by ukliberty on November 15, 2006

Not content with creating 3000 criminal offences since coming to power, the Government promises yet more law and order legislation in the Queen’s speech:

At the heart of my government’s programme will be further action to provide strong, secure and stable communities, and to address the threat of terrorism. My government will put victims at the heart of the criminal justice system, support the police and all those responsible for the public’s safety, and proceed with the development of ID cards.

A bill will be brought forward for the next stage of reform of the criminal justice system, giving the police and probation services new powers to protect the public from violent offenders and anti-social behaviour.

Legislation will be introduced to improve the way that offenders are managed and supervised. (more…)