Human Rights Act


One human right should not be able to extinguish another human right

1 June 2015 9:55

The Human Rights Act (1998) has a big fan base. In legal, political and celebrity circles there is much enthusiasm for it. Yet the law is not giving us the… Continue reading


Tim Farron interview: Lib Dems scared Tories off British Bill of Rights in the Queen’s Speech

30 May 2015 21:06

I spotted the Liberal Democrat leadership candidate Tim Farron in a pub on Whitehall, enjoying half a pint of lager and nachos with fellow party activists after marching in defence of… Continue reading

Benedict Cumberbatch in the Liberty campaign

Liberty’s ‘Human Rights’ campaign uses luvvies to spread misinformation

28 May 2015 16:35

Does anybody else remember life in Britain before the year 2000?  Despite the distressing increase in the number of walking, talking human beings one meets who were born since the… Continue reading

Michael Gove Is Sworn In As Lord Chancellor

Podcast: Gove’s battle for justice, the perils of a small majority and the Labour leadership contest

21 May 2015 8:58

Repealing the Human Rights Act is one of the most difficult tasks the government faces. On this week’s View from 22 podcast, the Conservative MEP Daniel Hannan and barrister Greg… Continue reading

The European Court of Human Rights (Photo: Getty)

You’ll regret not having a Human Rights Act when a left-wing government returns

18 May 2015 16:54

In today’s Guardian, Matthew D’Ancona warns that David Cameron may face a successful rebellion from the ‘Runnymede Tories’ if he tries to repeal the Human Rights Act, led by David… Continue reading

(Photo: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty)

What Michael Gove told his civil servants

17 May 2015 13:18

Michael Gove has been keeping a relatively low profile since being made Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor last weekend. I understand that he is keen to master the brief, and… Continue reading


Why Britain should scrap the Human Rights Act

3 October 2014 15:54

Will the scrapping of the Human Rights Act make Britain a pariah in Europe? When the Human Rights Act was passed in 1998, it was presented as a moment of… Continue reading


Veiled differences

25 October 2013 10:25

Last night I took part in an interesting debate for Channel 4 News. It was on the wearing of the niqab – or full face veil – in the UK.… Continue reading

Keir Starmer, the outgoing director of Public Prosecutions, informing us which laws he'll enforce.

We need a British Bill of Rights – so we can hear less from the likes of Keir Starmer

13 October 2013 10:32

In his five years as Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer  has shown a striking appetite for (self-) publicity and given the job a higher profile than ever. He’s just informed… Continue reading

Cabinet Members Leave Number 10 Downing Street

Government will appeal controversial immigration decision

18 February 2013 18:34

Further to the row that has erupted between Theresa May and some judges over the deportation of foreign criminals, the government is understood to be applying to appeal the case of… Continue reading

Theresa May has clashed again with the judiciary over the deportation of foreign criminals. Image: Getty

Stop blaming judges, Ms May, and repeal the Human Rights Act

18 February 2013 9:12

The latest session in May versus Judges over foreign criminals’ right to family life (Article 8 of the European Convention) is running as prescribed. Theresa May used the Sunday papers to demand that judges follow… Continue reading


Cameron’s Human Rights quandry

12 March 2012 18:03

The combination of the European Court of Human Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights is, I predict, going to give David Cameron an increasing number of headaches in… Continue reading


The Human Rights Act Protects the Innocent

12 October 2011 14:52

Meanwhile, in the day’s other Supreme Court judgement, the justices struck down the government’s ban on non-EU spouses under the age of 21 coming to live in Britain. This legislation… Continue reading


The Fox hunt distracts from louring clouds

10 October 2011 14:54

The furore surrounding the defence secretary is distracting attention from some stories that are threatening the coalition’s tranquillity. Benedict Brogan reports that the Health Bill is being amended out of… Continue reading


Cat-flap, day five

8 October 2011 15:02

‘Cat-flap’ is the story that just won’t go away. A report in today’s Guardian claims that the whole story may have been lifted from a speech made by Nigel Farage,… Continue reading


The Cabinet cat-flap continues

6 October 2011 14:17

The Ken Clarke and Theresa May cat-flap has sparked up again this morning, with the Justice Secretary accusing the Home Secretary of using "laughable child-like examples" to attack the Human… Continue reading


The Lib Dem conference advantage

28 August 2011 21:08

Traditionally the fact that the Liberal Democrats hold their conference first and still vote on party policy at it has been regarded as a disadvantage. But this year, I suspect… Continue reading