Human Rights

It’s time to drop the British Bill of Rights for good

3 September 2016 11:00

The Government plans to scrap plans to scrap plans to scrap the Human Rights Act. Here we go again. Following…

Will the human rights industry ever admit that it has Christian roots?

26 April 2016 14:50

Helena Kennedy’s two-part radio programme on human rights was very predictable. She did a lot of hand-wringing. She spoke some passionate…

Are Anders Breivik’s human rights really being contravened, or is it simply attention seeking?

18 March 2016 16:42

Anders Behring Breivik – the Norwegian extremist who killed 77 people in 2011 – has for the last few days…

What’s the hold up with the British Bill of Rights?

16 January 2016 10:27

Before the election, the Tories talked about introducing a British Bill of Rights in their first 100 days in office.…

The brutality of China’s one-child policy is still shocking

31 October 2015 13:48

So, China’s Communist Party has radically modified its one-child policy in favour of a one-or-two-child policy. For most politically minded…

Cameron tells Tories they no longer have to follow international law

21 October 2015 17:30

People go on about the awful pressure of 24/7 media on our leaders, and how hard the constant scrutiny must…

The migrant crisis has presented us with a moral duty that is impossible to fulfil

4 September 2015 17:37

The migrant crisis raises the largest questions about our basic public creed, our ideology, secular humanism. Normally we pay little attention…

Mass surveillance is being undermined by the ‘Snowden effect’

2 June 2015 14:28

We are in the middle of a Crypto war again. Perhaps we have always been in the middle of a…

Human rights reform: will the Tories end up with the same bill but under a new name?

1 June 2015 14:13

Number 10 has not given an official denial that David Cameron has ruled out pulling out of the European Convention…

Cameron will struggle to get human rights reform past parliament at any stage

27 May 2015 10:37

David Cameron has decided to stall on human rights reform for now, partly because the Tories couldn’t quite work out…

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…

Tory rebels wait for first chance to pounce

14 May 2015 11:53

That some Tory MPs wouldn’t like the idea of Michael Gove scrapping the Human Rights Act has been known for…

This new crowdsourcing site allows anyone to use their skills to advance basic human rights

16 March 2015 17:36

One of the questions I most often get asked is: ‘What can I do?’  If you agree that actual liberals…

Tony Blair spotted fine dining in Burma following his ‘blood money’ Labour donation

6 March 2015 15:22

This week Tony Blair donated £106,000 to the Labour Party, with £1,000 going to each Labour candidate fighting for a…

Sex-specific abortion is gruesome – but not explicitly illegal in Britain

3 November 2014 11:51

Imagine that you became pregnant. Imagine that you were entirely dependent upon your husband. Imagine that you became the victim…

Border controls are a basic human right – is it un-Christian to oppose mass immigration?

28 October 2014 10:13

Is it sinful to be not so keen on the whole immigration thing? I suppose Justin Welby thinks so, according…

‘Religion of peace’ to execute Christian woman for ‘blasphemy’ in Pakistan

20 October 2014 11:43

Not long to go now before a middle-aged Christian woman, Asia Bibi, is hanged in Pakistan for allegedly having said…

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…

Chris Grayling is an advertisement for a Labour government

3 October 2014 13:39

Thank heavens for Ed Miliband, eh? The leader of the opposition remains the single most compelling reason to hope the…

Grayling unveils Tory plan for human rights reform

3 October 2014 0:31

One of the biggest pledges of the Conservative party conference wasn’t actually made at the Tory conference. It’s being set…

The law’s an ass, obviously

23 July 2014 17:17

‘The award of Queen’s Counsel is for excellence in advocacy in the higher courts,’ says the QC appointments page. ‘It…

You sexist/racist/liberal/elitist bastard! How dare you?

7 April 2014 14:49

While he was dying of Lou Gehrig’s disease, Tony Judt found the breath to educate those who believe they could…

Vladimir Putin is a reactionary autocrat, not a conservative

27 February 2014 14:33

Apparently the new Muppets film features Russians as the baddies, a sign of the times as we increasingly draw into…

Paedophiles are just one of the Left’s unacceptable bedfellows

26 February 2014 14:42

It’s curious that the story about the National Council for Civil Liberties and its links with the Paedophile Information Exchange…

‘The left’ doesn’t matter; but its cowardice does

17 December 2013 18:02

I know it’s not quite the year’s end. But I think the sweetest words I heard in 2013 are already…