Monday, July 27, 2009

Lord Lester, tethered goat

"What about the Human Rights Act? The government damaged its creation by blaming the act for its own political mistakes. It never campaigned effectively to explain why human rights protection matters for everyone and not only for villains or cranks. It published proposals for a separate 'bill of rights and responsibilities' that would create no new legal rights and impose no new responsibilities, but would create uncertainty and confusion. The idea of building on the Human Rights Act by creating a Great Charter of Rights and Freedoms was entirely beyond ministers. The sad reality is that the government is illiberal and often deeply reactionary. It lacks imagination, ambition and respect for personal liberty. It continues to make too many vastly complex laws instead of making existing laws work in practice." —Anthony Lester

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