Boris Johnson has again stated that he wants the UK to quit the European Convention on Human Rights, as part of post-Brexit talks with the EU.
Rabid Brexiteers among you may think this has no bearing on anything other than our trading position with the European bloc – but that’s just ignorance, right?
The simple fact is summed up in this tweet:
If you intend to remove the UK from the human rights convention I must conclude it is in order to reduce my human rights. Why else?
Brexiters, wake up to the danger we are all in. This government is our enemy. Brexit was just a step on their journey. https://t.co/tBC6hCeZ7c
— Dr Martin Remains Optimistic #FBPE (@MartinRemains) March 7, 2020
It’s the only logical conclusion: refusing to stay in the European Convention on Human Rights means Johnson wants to strip you of those rights.
(He probably thinks they’re just guidelines.)
So he might take away the prohibition of torture or “inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment”. That would make the Department for Work and Pensions’s treatment of sick, disabled and unemployed people much easier, after all.
He may remove the prohibition of slavery, servitude or forced labour. Restore serfdom and you end unemployment (technically).
Your right to a fair trial is all but gone already – especially in civil cases (they cost a fortune, believe me. Do you think you could afford one?) and it’s a small step from their to getting rid of your right to liberty. Johnson thinks you’re property, you see.
I definitely think he’ll do away with your right to privacy. We already live in a surveillance society and would-be dictator Johnson will certainly want to keep tabs on any signs of rebellion against his rule.
Freedom of religion is likely to go, one way or another. Johnson is a racist and Islamophobe, as we know. So the prohibition against discrimination will be for the heave-ho, too.
Does anybody really think he’ll let us keep our right to freedom of expression? Any dissenting voice, I suspect, will be put down harshly.
Freedom of association will probably go – that way he’ll be able to get rid of those pesky trade unions for once and for all.
And has anybody noticed that he’s said nothing at all about restricting his own rights and privileges?
I hate to admit it but Ed Davey (an unsavoury character himself) is right: “Boris Johnson and Dominic Cummings are determined to take power away from the British people and hoard it for themselves.”
And it’s too late for those of us who opposed it to do anything but watch.
As for those who voted Johnson in, making it possible for him to strip you of your rights… Will you think it was worth it in a few years’ time, when the full horror of what you’ve done has had time to sink in?
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