Chris Grayling, the Justice Secretary, slams 'unacceptable' interference by Strasbourg judges as one of Britain's most dangerous terrorists claims his rights were infringedThe inteference?
One of Britain’s most dangerous al-Qaeda terrorists is seeking to have his conviction overturned on human rights grounds, The Telegraph can disclose.And of course it's "unacceptable" - it goes to the heart of our country's sovereignty and democracy.
[Abdulla Ahmed Ali] alleges the jury would have been prejudiced by media coverage of a previous trial.
In response Mr Grayling goes on to say that the Conservatives will go into the next election promising abolition of the Human Rights Act (HRA). But one asks how abolition of the HRA will defend ourselves against the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) especially taking into account that the Act was passed to help give UK courts a mechanism to remedy breaches of a Convention right, without having to go straight to the Strasbourg court.
So are the Tories proposing scrapping the HRA but staying in the ECHR? If so this would still leave the Home Secretary powerless to deport individuals in the interest of national security. Or do they want to pull out of the ECHR altogether? Leaving the Strasbourg court would mean not only the UK is out of step with its international obligations but would also mean having to leave the EU altogether. A condition of EU membership is to be a member of the Council of Europe - thus the ECHR. Leaving the EU is a course of action the Tories will not contemplate.
Naturally we've been here before with Tory rhetoric on ECHR rulings, many times:
Britain may have to pull out of the European Convention on Human Rights entirely in order to extradite foreign criminals, David Cameron says.And here in (2006):
Mr Cameron claimed existing human rights legislation was hindering the fight against crime and terrorism, at the same time as failing to protect people's civil liberties.And here (2011):
Theresa May, the Home Secretary, risks an explosive rift inside the Coalition with an explicit call for the scrapping of the Human Rights Act.And here (2013):
Theresa May, the Home Secretary, said that "by 2015, we'll need a plan for dealing with the European Court of Human Rights". "And yes, I want to be clear that all options - including leaving the convention altogether - should be on the table."And here (2010), "it makes me physically ill to even contemplate to give anyone in prison the right to vote" says Cameron.
Not forgetting that "abolition of the Human Rights Act (HRA)" was exactly the promise they went into the last election, then...look what happened in 2010...
The Daily Mail revealed yesterday that the flagship Tory commitment to scrapping the Human Rights Act and replacing it with a British Bill of Rights is to be put on the back burner.Then we're reminded that Cameron is not opposed to another coalition in 2015...
Clegg and Cameron 'in secret talks on setting up a second Coalition' despite backbench oppositionSo what is it? Repeal the HRA, but remain in the ECHR, leave things the same, or leave the HRA and the ECHR but try to remain in the EU or just leave everything. Who knows? The Tories don't. This is what happens when you first set out to deceive...