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Clegg defends Human Rights (he still has a voice then…)

August 26, 2011

‘Last week Prime Minister David Cameron pledged to “get a grip” on cases where the current laws were used inappropriately. The conservatives want to scrap the human rights act and replace it with a bill of rights.

Clegg has defended the human rights laws saying that they protect people and their rights every day and though there are problems, the problems arise not with the act, but with the interpretation of the act.

There has been recent talks about a bill of human rights to clarify current laws and make them more clear. This leads one to wonder about a written constitution. I wrote a post a while back about the UK not having one –

‘There are reasons behind everything in politics, from why the House of Commons is laid out the way it is to why David Cameronwants people to call him Dave…
In America there is the written constitution and everybody knows their rights, some people even carry a book of them around with them!
But in Britain, this does not exist. This does not mean that people just do as they please, there are rules and many of the ‘constitutional’ matters are written in the human rights act and are split across different acts.
One of the main reasons that there has not been a written constitution wrote up is that it would take a hell of a long time to get everyone to agree on the rules, the wording and everything like this!
Most political parties in Britain want a move towards a written constitution so people know their rights and their liberties, but why is it taking so long?
What is the reason for this?
It works in many other countries… it would work here. It is not drastic, it’s just a small book of basic rules.
Come on England, keep up with the rest of the world! ‘

So, Cameron wants a ‘bill of rights’ Clegg has spoke up . . .A step towards a written constitution?

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  1. August 26, 2011 4:17 pm

    I think when you have a government saying two rather different things, any idea of a written consititution might as well be put back under the pillow and dreamt about for a little longer. There is also plenty that occures in nations with a consititution which is considered to be unconstitional, with little done about it, so it’s no free pass to a clear understanding. Human rights though certainly need some clarification, particular when those who infringe on the rights of others, are allowed to then hide behing their own. If this area could be cleared up, human rights might well be allowed to go back to the well meaning thing that they were intended for.

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