It will soon be farewell to your hard-won human rights, if David Cameron follows through on his plan to ditch the Human Rights Act in favour of a ‘Bill of Rights’ forbidding you any liberties that don’t benefit Tory donors and fatcat bosses.
David Cameron has attacked Labour’s Human Rights Act, saying that it has “distorted and devalued” the good name of human rights, and it is up to his “generation” to restore their reputation – but we know that David Cameron speaks with a forked tongue.
This is the man who said he would not raise VAT – and then raised VAT.
This is the man who said the vulnerable would be safe under his government – and a petition to establish how many have died under his government’s policies currently stands at 120,000 signatures after nearly two weeks.
This is the man who said the National Health Service was safe in his hands – and has been selling it off piecemeal since 2012.
You should never trust this man.
Note that he raised the question of human rights during a speech to mark the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta – an event that is often seen as the beginning of the journey that allowed every UK citizen the freedoms they enjoyed… until Margaret Thatcher started restricting them again in 1979.
In fact, the so-called ‘Great Charter’ promised the protection of church rights, protection for the barons from illegal imprisonment, access to swift justice, and limitations on feudal payments to the Crown, to be implemented through a council of 25 barons. The Magna Carta did nothing to free ordinary people from the yoke of feudal lordship – it was all about rights for the Church and the Barons – the fatcat bosses of the time.
So it is no wonder that Cameron, whose premiership has consisted almost entirely of appeasing fatcat bosses in order to encourage them to donate money to his party, quotes Magna Carta when he talks about taking away your rights.
He knows you’ll think he’s talking about giving normal people more rights, when he’s really taking them away and helping his friends.
You see? David Cameron speaks with a forked tongue.
Today’s letter to the Prime Minister from the Labour Party puts the issue in a nutshell. It states:
“The Universal Declaration of Human Rights – adopted in 1948 – which Conservative politicians contributed to – enshrines:
- The right to life, liberty and security
- The right to a fair trial
- Protection from torture
- Freedom of thought, conscience, religion, speech and assembly
- The right to free elections
- The right not to be discriminated against
“Which of these rights do you not agree with?”
The answer should be obvious.
When it comes to anybody who doesn’t own a major corporation or a lordly title, he’s against all of them.
Cameron’s comments – and Labour’s response – also allow us to turn, again, to working people who voted Conservative last month, and ask:
Did you realise that Cameron would be taking away all of your rights, forever?
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