UK Liberty

Mass repeal

Posted in everything, law and order, politicians on liberty by ukliberty on March 5, 2009

The Liberal Democrats launched their Freedom Bill a few days ago (campaign site).  See SpyBlog’s comments.

Not to be out-done, the Conservatives recently pledged to introduce a ‘repeal bill’ too. But they want to repeal the Human Rights Act as well as Labour’s illiberal legislation:

The Conservatives’ pledge comes as the party also continues to demand repeal of the Human Rights Act. In a message of support to the convention the Tory leader, David Cameron, condemned the act for providing a “veneer of respectability” to the erosion of civil liberties under Labour. He said his party would replace the act with a British bill of rights to “better tailor, but also strengthen, the protection of our core rights”.

It does indeed provide a “veneer of respectability”, but that doesn’t mean the Act is a Bad Thing in itself.

Antagonism toward the Act seems to stem from the fact that we are prohibited from deporting people to countries where they face a real risk of torture.  But we will continue to be prohibited from doing so while we remain signed up to the European Convention on Human Rights, no matter what a domestic piece of legislation says.

Bishop Hil recently made an insightful point in relation to suggestions of repeals:

A propos of my earlier post on what recent legislation we should try to repeal in order to reclaim our lost civil liberties, I was struck by the thought that it might be easier to simply repeal every piece of legislation introduced since 1997.

Off the top of my head I can think of nothing Messrs Blair and Brown have done that is worthy of retention. Have I missed something or shall we ditch the lot?


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