Why is a former human rights lawyer like Keir Starmer asking Labour MPs to let the Tories pass a law that will allow their agents to commit crimes that trample all over our human rights?
The crimes that will be allowed are bad enough – the Covert Human Intelligence Sources Bill is also known as the ‘Licence to Kill’ Bill. Also allowed would be torture and sex crimes including rape.
But it will also be impossible to mitigate the worst aspects of the Bill with the Human Rights Act, because the Tories stated 11 months ago that, as the state would not be the “instigator” of the crimes, it could not be held responsible for them.
Starmer, a former human rights lawyer, has reportedly convinced some Labour MPs that this is not the case. He must know that this isn’t true.
So why does he want to give government agents – including people from the Environment Agency and the Financial Conduct Authority – a licence for torture, rape and murder?
As This Site documented last week, Starmer already whipped Labour to abstain on the second reading of the Bill.
We were told this was in order to create a chance to modify the legislation, tightening restrictions on using the powers it creates.
This no longer seems to be the case: he is now suggesting that Labour should abstain once again – and let the Bill pass without opposition – if no amendments are made.
As you may imagine, there has been more than a little opposition to this:
“As a lawyer, I just cannot accept that the state has prior approval to commit crimes.”
Labour peer John Hendy QC tells Keir Starmer why the party should oppose the 'spycops' bill.
You might think a former DPP would agree.https://t.co/5D7DjaPPRC
— Steve Howell (@FromSteveHowell) October 13, 2020
JUST IN: Keir Starmer has tested abstain for covid.
— Chris Rose (@ArchRose90) October 13, 2020
BREAKING: Keir Starmer to abstain on everything, forever.
'Abstaining on everything, forever, has long been the goal of the party,' a spokesperson explained. 'Abstaining on everything, forever, is what the Labour party was founded to do, and we will honour that proud history.'
— simon maginn (@simonmaginn) October 13, 2020
But on the same day this information was released, Starmer called a press conference in which he changed his policy on Covid-19 and demanded a “circuit-break” lockdown, across England, for two or three weeks – creating a huge amount of fuss among the media and the public.
Do you think he was trying to hide something?
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