How much longer must we put up with this kind of thing?
A bus driver who was fired for being a member of the BNP has won a long legal battle claiming his dismissal was a breach of his human rights.
Arthur Redfearn, 56, was sacked from his job in Bradford, West Yorkshire, where he drove mainly Asian adults and children with disabilities.
Judges at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg ruled today his employer Serco Ltd dismissed him only because of his membership of a political party.
This breaks Article 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights – the Freedom of Assembly and Association, the chamber of the court ruled.
The seven judges came to this conclusion on a 4-3 majority.
The court said neither passengers or colleagues had complained about Mr Redfearn, who was considered a ‘first-class employee’ before his BNP membership became public knowledge.
‘The Court was struck by the fact that he had been summarily dismissed following complaints about problems which had never actually occurred, without any apparent consideration being given to the possibility of transferring him to a non-customer facing role,’ it added.
The court ruled that right to freedom of association must apply to everyone, not just those whose views are considered favourable or inoffensive, but also ‘those whose views offend, shock or disturb’.
Don’t these judges – unelected, naturally – appreciate that protecting fundamental rights of conscience and association is the sort of thing that hurtles us along the road to hell in some kind of eurocart?
Thank god we have a judicial system in this country that recognises this kind of fashionable, metropolitan, politically-correct, liberal nonsense for the tripe it is.
We should be proud of our judges and their willingness to make arbitrary, jackbooted judgements. It is intolerable to think that faceless euro-ninnines believe they have the right to interfere in these matters.
If our present Prime Minister had an ounce of bulldog courage in him he would march us out of this trumped-up, tin-pot, so-called court and pledge a glorious new era of traditional restrictions on liberty. It’s only common-sense.
Mercifully, advances in medical research suggest we are nearing the point at which boffins will discover that the European Court of Human Rights also causes cancer.
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