The nasty coalition move to make English human rights subservient to business profits – David Hencke

Here’s another reason never – ever – to vote Conservative or Liberal Democrat, courtesy of the ever-informative David Hencke:

Are you black or gay and feel your firm discriminates against you? Are you disabled and find a company stops your right of access? Are you woman and you don’t get equal pay with a man?

Naturally you might expect the government’s independent champion  the Equality and Human Rights Commission, to be on your side and prosecute firms who repeatedly failed you.

But a pernicious piece of legislation now going the House of Lords plans to put all this at risk by putting a nasty spanner in the works to hobble the very body that is supposed to stand up for your rights.

The Deregulation Bill– promoted as liberating business from silly bureaucratic rules – includes what sounds like a rather arcane provision saying that all regulators for the first time must consider the impact on economic growth before they launch criminal or civil proceedings ( see clauses 83/84) against a company.

In other words if the ECHR doesn’t do this- big companies with loads of cash can take them to judicial review and get cases where they break the law on discrimination annulled. It would also make the ECHR – not the most radical of bodies – even more careful before it takes up your case.

To read the rest – and you need to read the rest – visit the article on David Hencke’s blog site.

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  1. casalealex September 21, 2014 at 4:30 pm - Reply

    This government is hellbent on bringing in as much pernicious legislation as they can before the next General Election. With all their mendacious snake in the grass discriminations against the people of this country, over the years, they intend to leave us with the fallout from their innumerable heinous ‘reforms’, from which it will take us a long time to recover. We must stop Cameron and his diabolical cohorts, including Crosby, from making it nigh impossible to get this country and its people out of the quagmire which they have systematically pushed us into!

  2. Gillian Davies September 21, 2014 at 4:56 pm - Reply

    It has always been the avowed policy of this government to abolish HR legislation, hence the scramble to depart from the EU whose ECHR David Cameron and co have hated from day one. Gods help us when they succeed, as they undoubtedly will.

  3. Thomas. September 21, 2014 at 6:49 pm - Reply

    The sooner this government leaves office the better. Nearly everything they do seems either actively evil, or messed up.

  4. philipburdekin September 21, 2014 at 10:27 pm - Reply

    We need this government out and out now. They rioted against the poll tax and changed the law but now they pick on our sick and disabled but we cant get up and fight, these b*****ds have really done for us. If our government won’t protect us, then who will?

  5. Florence September 22, 2014 at 10:59 am - Reply

    All it would take would be for the Yellow’s to vote against……..but they didn’t/ don’t.

    When something as important as this hangs in the balance, the public have a right to know who is really responsible for this. They can’t hide behind the ridiculous “coalition” self-hobbling 5year agreement any longer. Miliband should call out Clegg for a one on one debate about their support for the most pernicious and toxic legislation including this, and ask the most basic question “You agreed to this. Are you going to apologise to the people of the UK?”.

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