Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Lord chancellor defends Britain's commitment to human rights

Lord FalconerAt least some within government are realising that a battle against the tabloids on human rights cannot be won with nonsense Blairite attacks on the judiciary:

The lord chancellor insisted yesterday that Britain will not leave the European convention on human rights or repeal the Human Rights Act and sought to dispel fears that the act protects criminals at the expense of public safety.

Britain's commitment to human rights was permanent, Lord Falconer said. "They are the bedrock on which our society has been built. We fought to defend those freedoms in the second world war, we enshrined them in the European convention, and we were among the first signatories of that convention."

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