Tuesday, May 31, 2011
I am not a number
As we have blogged before, the Human Rights Act 1998 is not fit for purpose.
Drafted in 1998, a year when only nerds used the internet, a Labour MP said he wanted to give every family a computer by 2002 as a millennium gift from the National Lottery to help people become more Internet friendly.
Recipients would also be given 10 hours free Internet access a week. (bbc)
How times have changed. Little did the politicians realise their attempts to create a constitution through the HRA98 would back fire so badly. It has taken years of disquiet for it at last to be shown up to be badly drafted and irrelevant in a Twitter based world.
Let us not forget that the serving Prime Minister in 1998 was Tony Blair, a lawyer, who always felt the Judicary was the best place to resolve Human Rights and the HRA98 would be something his wife could benefit from. She is a Human Rights lawyer and she has done very well from it after setting up the Matrix Chamber in 2000.
The Telegraph argue the case for abandoning the HRA98 quite well...
...for many more relevant reasons than injunction breaching.
Ryan Giggs may one day be hailed as the person who destroyed the HRA98 and help create the Bill of Rights the UK so desperately needs. What a legacy is that eh?
I am not a number although Giggs is number 11.