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Post by sassy on Fri Aug 26, 2016 2:26 pm

While the mainstream media joined Richard Branson’s smear campaign against Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn, the Conservative government dropped a bombshell. It is going to scrap the Human Rights Act.
On Wednesday 24 August, the front pages of almost every national newspaper – from The Telegraph to The Guardian – were railing against one thing, Traingate. Despite the fact that all of these outlets regularly report the plights of commuters on packed trains – commuters who have paid thousands of pounds a year for a season ticket which fails to guarantee them the dignity of a seat – suddenly this was all forgotten.
What they failed to mention was the most authoritarian and regressive decision taken by a UK government in modern history: the decision to push ahead with the scrapping of the Human Rights Act.

What is the Human Rights Act?

The Human Rights Act of 1998 guarantees every UK citizen the opportunity to defend themselves in domestic courts under rights granted them by the European Convention on Human Rights. As Liberty lays out, these are the rights given by the Act:

  • The right to life – protects your life, by law. The state is required to investigate suspicious deaths and deaths in custody;
  • The prohibition of torture and inhuman treatment – you should never be tortured or treated in an inhuman or degrading way, no matter what the situation;
  • Protection against slavery and forced labour – you should not be treated like a slave or subjected to forced labour;
  • The right to liberty and freedom – you have the right to be free and the state can only imprison you with very good reason – for example, if you are convicted of a crime;
  • The right to a fair trial and no punishment without law – you are innocent until proven guilty. If accused of a crime, you have the right to hear the evidence against you, in a court of law;
  • Respect for privacy and family life and the right to marry – protects against unnecessary surveillance or intrusion into your life. You have the right to marry and raise a family;
  • Freedom of thought, religion and belief – you can believe what you like and practise your religion or beliefs;
  • Free speech and peaceful protest – you have a right to speak freely and join with others peacefully, to express your views;
  • No discrimination – everyone’s rights are equal. You should not be treated unfairly – because, for example, of your gender, race, sexuality, religion or age;
  • Protection of property, the right to an education and the right to free elections – protects against state interference with your possessions; means that no child can be denied an education and that elections must be free and fair.

These rights are now being scrapped, and replaced by a pick-and-mix Bill of Rights drafted by the May government.

May’s Bill of Rights

Rather than a guaranteed set of rights worked through by human rights champions and lawyers from across Europe, the rights of British people will now be set out by a handful of civil servants in Westminster, under the authority of Theresa May.
Britain’s new Prime Minister does not have a great record of upholding civil liberties and human rights. She has already pushed forward the Investigatory Powers Bill – a Snooper’s Charter – as The Canary previously reported:
[The bill] is designed to secure immense surveillance powers for the UK’s security services, and other public bodies. The proposals include allowing bulk interception of communications, bulk collection of communications data – meaning ‘metadata’ which is essentially the data about data – and bulk equipment interference – aka hacking.
Passed on 7 June, the Snooper’s Charter has been widely criticised as being an ineffective tool for combating what it claims it wants to combat (i.e. terrorist activities). As Bella Sankey, Director of Policy for Liberty, explains:
This Bill would create a detailed profile on each of us which could be made available to hundreds of organisations to speculatively trawl and analyse. It will all but end online privacy, put our personal security at risk and swamp law enforcement with swathes of useless information.
With this in mind, we can expect a bill of rights which protects corporations and government from the public (and the taxpayer), rather than protecting individuals and groups from the threat of overwhelming state and corporate power.

http://www.thecanary.co/2016/08/25/this-is-the-bombshell-dropped-by-theresa-mays-government-while-the-media-whined-on-about-traingate/



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Re: This is the bombshell dropped by Theresa May’s government while the media whined on about Traingate

Post by Miffs2 on Fri Aug 26, 2016 2:53 pm

Can't help wishing Corbyn had the ability to get the tories on the ropes over things like this

He is so ineffectual
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Re: This is the bombshell dropped by Theresa May’s government while the media whined on about Traingate

Post by Guest on Fri Aug 26, 2016 6:00 pm

Sassy stated > You think it doesn't matter to you?   You wait until it does, and it will.

With this in mind, we can expect a bill of rights which protects corporations and government from the public (and the taxpayer), rather than protecting individuals and groups from the threat of overwhelming state and corporate power.

http://www.thecanary.co/2016/08/25/this-is-the-bombshell-dropped-by-theresa-mays-government-while-the-media-whined-on-about-traingate/
OMG ...someone's been paying attention to Reaganomics -  screw over the working class - give the corporations the tax breaks - provide the upper echelon the tax credits and watch the middle class continue to struggle!  No

Sweet Jesus, global dominance by the ubber wealthy - and it's all coming back around in my lifetime! Shocked   WOW, I feel like an ant, locked into an ant farm but my hard work isn't benefitting MY COMMUNITY! Sad

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Post by Tommy Monk on Fri Aug 26, 2016 6:43 pm



We need a change to the laws as they are currently used by foreign criminals to avoid being deported from our country.

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Post by nicko on Fri Aug 26, 2016 9:34 pm

TOO many criminals are taking advantage of our lax "human rights" laws.
Some get away with murder.
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Post by WhoseYourWolfie on Sat Aug 27, 2016 12:20 pm

nicko wrote:
TOO many criminals are taking advantage of our lax "human rights" laws.
Some get away with murder.

Idea

YOU HAVE to remember, though, that Britain doesn't have a written constitution...

Rather, you lot rely on the idea of a cobbled together mix of an unwritten tradition going back to the Magna Carta, and common and 'natural' laws..

IF your government goes ahead and scraps any "Human Rights" agreements that they might have with the United Nations, and any similar current agreements with the EU,  than what protection would you have left to look after the rights of British citizens, especially children, low paid workers, the poor, unemployed, disabled, mentally ill, prison inmates, and any other downtrodden or disenfrachised groups out there  ?         What a Face

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Post by Tommy Monk on Sat Aug 27, 2016 1:01 pm

The Bill of Rights is an Act of the Parliament of England that deals with constitutional matters and sets out certain basic civil rights. Passed on 16 December 1689, it is a restatement in statutory form of The Declaration of Rights presented by the Convention Parliament to William and Mary in February 1689, inviting them to become joint sovereigns of England. The Bill of Rights lays down limits on the powers of the monarch and sets out the rights of Parliament, including the requirement for regular parliaments, free elections, and freedom of speech in Parliament. It sets out certain rights of individuals including the prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment and reestablished the liberty of Protestants to have arms for their defence within the rule of law. Furthermore, the Bill of Rights described and condemned several misdeeds of James II of England.[1]

These ideas reflected those of the political thinker John Locke and they quickly became popular in England.[2] It also sets out—or, in the view of its drafters, restates—certain constitutional requirements of the Crown to seek the consent of the people, as represented in Parliament.

In the United Kingdom, the Bill of Rights is further accompanied by the Magna Carta, the Petition of Right, the Habeas Corpus Act 1679 and the Parliament Acts 1911 and 1949 as some of the basic documents of the uncodified British constitution. A separate but similar document, the Claim of Right Act 1689, applies in Scotland. The Bill of Rights 1689 was one of the inspirations for the United States Bill of Rights.

Along with the Act of Settlement 1701, the Bill of Rights is still in effect in all Commonwealth realms.[3] Following the Perth Agreement in 2011, legislation amending both of them came into effect across the Commonwealth realms on 26 March 2015.[nb 1]

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_of_Rights_1689

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