In another delusional speech by a member of the government, Theresa May, the home secretary, said that the government will scrap the Human Rights Act and withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights if they regain power at the next election.
In the speech to the Conservative Home conference, May cited the reason for taking away all protection of human rights under the current legislation as being necessary to effectively act in the national interest. She claimed that the current legislation interfered with the government’s ability to “fight crime and control immigration.”
She went on to criticise Strasburg by saying “When Strasbourg constantly moves the goalposts and prevents the deportation of dangerous men like Abu Qatada, we have to ask ourselves, to what end are we signatories to the Convention?”
As any reasonably aware person will know, the protection of human rights legislation is needed when we encounter governments who will ignore individual rights when it is in their own interest, as this government has time and time again. From being complacent in torture, to social engineering through the implementation of welfare policies, the current government could well be guilty of many injustices.
Instead of addressing specific issues with current human rights legislation, such as restrictions on deportation, the government have decided to throw the baby out with the bathwater. Get rid of all human rights protection so they can do as they please.
Rights which would disappear if human rights legislation were abandoned are:
- The right to life – protects your life, by law. The state is required to investigate suspicious deaths and deaths in custody.
- The prohibition of torture and inhuman treatment – you should never be tortured or treated in an inhuman or degrading way, no matter what the situation.
- Protection against slavery and forced labour – you should not be treated like a slave or subjected to forced labour.
- The right to liberty and freedom – you have the right to be free and the state can only imprison you with very good reason – for example, if you are convicted of a crime.
- The right to a fair trial and no punishment without law – you are innocent until proven guilty. If accused of a crime, you have the right to hear the evidence against you, in a court of law.
- Respect for privacy and family life and the right to marry – protects against unnecessary surveillance or intrusion into your life. You have the right to marry and raise a family.
- Freedom of thought, religion and belief – you can believe what you like and practise your religion or beliefs.
- Free speech and peaceful protest – you have a right to speak freely and join with others peacefully, to express your views.
- No discrimination – everyone’s rights are equal. You should not be treated unfairly – because, for example, of your gender, race, sexuality, religion or age.
- Protection of property, the right to an education and the right to free elections – protects against state interference with your possessions; means that no child can be denied an education and that elections must be free and fair
ALL of these rights would be wiped from the statute books and the British public would be open to all kinds of abuses from the authorities, something human rights legislation was designed to protect citizens from in the first place.
The population of the UK have a hard enough time continually battling against a fascist government and their agenda as it is. If all human rights became dissolved overnight then this is definitely a recipe for disaster.
The Orwellian state would be firmly established and there would be very little the people of the UK would be able to do about it.