Reposted from The Mirror on line
So here we are, day 3 of their term in office and already the tories plan to scrap the Human Rights Act.
Maybe they are worried about the outcome of the Information Commissioners order for them to finally produce the figures about the benefit deaths and think that by scrapping the right to life, they’ll get away with their “crime” of allowing their flawed regime to kill many of our disabled, ill and vulnerable citizens, or “stock” as Lord Freud calls disabled claimants.
I for one shall be writing to my MP opposing this.
If you want to do the same, use this website to find your MP and e mail them directly with your concerns.
Pick up the phone and dial the number of any teacher you know, or at least one who has taught in English schools over the past five years.
Ask them what they think about Michael Gove, and remember every single word they tell you – because the former Education Secretary is now in charge of our human rights.
It’s no great secret that the Tories want to scrap our current Human Rights Act. What’s more, in making Michael Gove Justice Secretary, Cameron has appointed a man who has absolutely no qualms with upsetting millions of people.
The Conservatives released an eight page document last year which detailed their hopes for changing our human rights in the UK.
It seems innocent enough, at least for the first couple of pages – our human rights are controlled by Europe, are open to interpretation by the Strasbourg Court, and the Tories want the UK to be in charge of its own human rights.
That may seem reasonable… but here’s what will effectively be scrapped by the Tories:
- The right to life
- The right not to be tortured
- The right not to be a slave
- The right to a fair trial
- The right NOT to be punished if you haven’t broken the law
- The right to private family life
- The right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion
- The right to freedom of expression
- The right to marry and start a family
- The right to peaceful enjoyment of possessions
- The right to education
- The right to free elections
- The right NOT to be given to death penalty
These are the foundations of the act that the Tories want to scrap, and replace with their own bill of human rights.
When the Conservatives come up with their own bill, it’s incredibly unlikely that the right to get married is going to be taken away from you, or that slavery will effectively be legalised.
What it will do is leave wiggle room for interpretation.
Cameron and Gove have even stated that “there is nothing wrong with the original document” – so why would they need to change it?
This sentence, from page 6 of their document on how they plan to scrap the act, is chilling:
“There will be a threshold below which Convention rights will not be engaged.”
I.e. Your human rights will no longer be absolute – they will be subject to stipulations and caveats, though not absolutely lost.
So, this is the Tories’ motivation for changing our human rights: to be able to work around the new legislation when they deem it ‘necessary’. The rights they see as being open to interpretation by the EU will become even more subjective.
Any precedent that allows a workaround to our basic human rights is incredibly dangerous. These are our basic rights, and soon we may no longer have the same basic unchallenged rights we were born with.
But don’t worry, if you want to keep your absolute human rights, you can still move to the EU.
Or you can stay here and hope for the best.
Being serious, this is not yet set in stone – (at least until the bill is passed) you do have the right to protest against it, write to your MP if you oppose it, and let our new government know that you want to keep you human rights just the way they are.