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Mathew Paris said it all when he described the Conservative grass roots opinion of the European Convention on Human rights as akin to that of ‘political correctness’ ‘health and safety legislation’ and all other sorts of interfering European pettiness.
Paris suggested that this has nothing to do with the finer points of the law- nothing to do with how complex legal matters have been worked out following the incorporation of the convention into our law statutes back in 1998. Rather it relates to something baser and more instinctive.
Theresa May, the minister for ‘justice’ (I kid you not) so shocked her own Senior minister- the Home Secretary Kenneth Clark- that he later publicly ridiculed some of her Daily Mail style ‘factual’ statements. Interestingly enough, it seems as though the Prime Minister sided not with Clark, but with May.
The article that May had a problem with was this one-
Article 8: Right to privacy
(1) Everyone has the right for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence.
(2) There shall be no interference by a public authority with the exercise of this right except such as is in accordance with the law and is necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security, public safety or the economic well-being of the country, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, or for the protection of the rights and freedoms of others.
The strange thing is, article 8 reads like a slice of just about any Conservative Party Manifesto. It could be a clarion call for the protection of the men and women of middle England in their suburban castles.
However- the issue appears to be that this article is not just to be applied to US- but actually THEY want these rights too. The grubby grasping immigrants.
Lord forgive us if this is the essence of who we have become.