I am not quite what disturbs me more about Theresa May’s statement on the start of the Conservative Party Conference, whether the fact that a ‘mainstream’ political party can seriously consider scrapping the Human Rights Act, or that a Minster could publicly announce it.
Human Rights are pout in place for one important reason – stop the government from doing what it wants, yes it does make Theresa May’s job difficult, it is supposed to do that; and every other government in Europe works by the same rules, so why do the Conservatives want special treatment in the modern world?
The other worrying thing about this idea is that this government does not have a democratic mandate for such drastic changes to our democracy; it was elected under the preferred voting system of the Conservatives (first past the post – which is an archaic and un-undemocratic system to start of with) and was forced to go into a coalition (which the country did not vote for) to continue-, but no-one got an overall majority and no-one voted for radical change.
Arguably because of the extreme economic circumstances the State feels justified in a radical overhaul as IF it had won a majority, but it is not morally or, in my view , legally for radical change. The coalition, which not only provides political shielding for the the Tories, is far too ‘tightly knit’ to be democratic – it is acting as IF it has a democratic mandate.
In my view, and remember the right-wing knee jerk reaction to the UK Riots a few months ago, this government is using the current crisis a cover to fundamentally shift British Society to the far right in way that Thatcher did, though Thatcher did have a democratic mandate.
Theresa May has said she would replace the Human Rights Act with the Bill of Rights, but apart from the fact the Human Rights Acts is very fit for purpose and is document which defines how civilised society work, what would happen if the Bill of Rights became inconvenient – would that get revoked.
The Human Rights Act must not be repealed, Madam Home Secretary you cannot change democracy to suit your needs, this is what fascists do.