Super Grieve strikes again: Tory human rights plans would be “devastating” for the UK – UK Human Rights Blog

Super-Grieve [Image: UK Human Rights Blog].

Super-Grieve [Image: UK Human Rights Blog].

Dominic Grieve QC is a bit of a hero, according to the UK Human Rights Blog.

He has stood up for principle at the expense of his political career. [The former Attorney General, sacked in the summer] did not just resign in disgust, he then made it his business to explain to people – and particularly those on the Right – why the Tory plans would be “devastating both for ourselves domestically as it will be for the future of the Convention”.

[In a lecture at University College, London, last night, he said of the Conservative Party’s radical plans to reform UK human rights law:] “It is difficult to avoid the conclusion on reading the paper that the real problem for its authors is not so much the interpretation of the Convention by the Strasbourg Court or indeed our own domestic courts but the frustration that an international legal obligation prevents the UK government from being able to ignore judgments when it considers that they are adverse to its view of what is in the public interest.

“In a number of key cases involving this country, the [European Court of Human Rights] has made adverse findings which an overwhelming majority would now conclude were correct.

“The implication [of the Conservative plans], if taken to its logical conclusion, must be that Convention should have remained fixed in the moral and ethical norms of 1950. Judicial interpretation to reflect modern times is not new and is rooted in our common law tradition.

“[The planned Bill of Rights] may be strictly lawful, but its practical consequences are likely to be as devastating both for ourselves domestically as it will be for the future of the Convention.”

At least, as the blog points out, there are some in the Conservative Party who are willing to speak out against these plans.

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3 thoughts on “Super Grieve strikes again: Tory human rights plans would be “devastating” for the UK – UK Human Rights Blog

  1. Nick

    the bottom line is that David Cameron and co wont to be above the law as that is my interpretation

    A good leader would at all times make sure that there counterparts across the EU were united in their goals and help given to those that need additional help so that the EU was as one at all times

    this in turn leads to a sense of belonging and justice is at the very heart of a stable EU and all who live in it when things go wrong

    Any country worldwide that you see so often today in serous trouble is down to their lack of social justice and anyone seen to be taking away justice and going down that road should be removed from politics ASAP because at the end of that road is just death and destruction

  2. Mr.Angry

    Could not agree more Nick sadly we don’t have a good leader only a sadistic dictator who listens to nobody, I personally don’t think I can stand another five years of this.

    I have put our property on the market in the hope it sells so at least we can escape out of the UK if hey got back in. Just hoping the people can see just what they are doing and let common sense prevail.

    The sad part is whoever gets in, it will take years to put right was has been done and there is more hardship for all but the rich on the way.

  3. Nick

    Mr.Angry it’s very unlikely the uk will ever get back on track of decency as their is no mp at this time who would make a good leader to bring about that sort of change

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