Tuesday, 12 January 2010

ECHR Rules Stop And Search is Illegal

The BBC reports that the European Court of Human Rights has ruled that section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 is illegal.

Personally in some ways I'm rather pleased, I have grave concerns regarding terrorism legislation passed by this Labour Government; I know from personal experience as a football fan regarding Section 60, that the more powers the police get, the more they abuse it.

However it's my view that Labour's draconian laws should be repealed by the British people via the ballot box, i.e. vote in another government in May.

Instead it takes a foreign court that's unaccountable to UK citizens to tell our democratically elected government that laws passed via a sovereign Parliament are illegal under European Human Rights Legislation. What a mess!

Labour are likely to drag their feet (again) on this judgment, so it will be left to the next government (probably the Conservatives) to deal with this judgment after the May elections. Will the Tories implement or reject this judgment, if they agree they leave themselves open to accusations of being soft on terror and if they disagree it will mean a bust up with Europe, which they don't want.

Along with the ECHR judgment on prisoner voting rights, the Tories' desire not to have a bust up with Europe is looking increasingly difficult.

hattip: Old Holborn.

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