European Court of Human Rights – in or out?

Challenging Journeys (Phase 2)

I woke this morning to the news that the Conservative Party is drawing up legislation to remove the UK from the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights. The implication is that the UK Parliament should remain sovereign, and shouldn’t be answerable to any other body. This was pored over and dissected by various pundits on the radio.

What struck me, however, was a subsequent story about the On The Runs scheme, the letters given to various “terrorists” in Northern Ireland which have been interpreted as pardons by the UK courts. Here the UK Government seems to have clearly “stuffed up” – a point made formally by Lord Justice Hallett in his announcement later on in the day.

So when government does wrong, where is the citizen supposed to go? After all, our government is rushing through the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill in a little under a…

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