Monday, June 26, 2006

Bill of Rights 'won't change anything'

George MasonDavid Cameron seems entirely confused in his argument for replacing the Human Rights Act with a Bill of Rights. Without withdrawing from the European Convention on Human Rights (which would also require the UK to leave the European Union), UK law would still be subject to appeal to the European Court in Strasbourg, causing minor inconveniences to politicians like preventing the deportation of foreign nationals to countries that practice torture:

"If it contains the same civil and political rights, then why do we need it? If it is removing some of those rights, than that would be open to challenge in Strasbourg. If he wants to add to them, then it would be interesting to know what they are."

If the fledgling United States had suffered from newspapers such as the Sun and News of the World, the Constitution might not have lasted very long…

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