Conservatives crumble over human rights convention

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EVERY now and then there’s a thundering proclamation that the dystopian days prophesised by George Orwell are upon us, usually to fit some particular political narrative. In ‘1984’ the Ministry of Truth was really the apparatus of propaganda, while the Ministry of Peace theatrically beat the drums of war. 

In reality this wasn’t a prophecy but an historic parable given a dramatic twist for effect. Whenever an arm of power says it is fighting for one cause, you can usually bet your house on it doing the exact opposite. 

Deep down everybody knows this, which is why hardly anybody bats an eyelid when a pious preacher declares that homosexuals will burn in lake of sulphur, and then is found at 3am weeping over the painted body of a teenage rent boy.


The Tories fit very nicely into this paradigm and it is hardly surprising that their latest internal controversy is over whether or not we should abandon the European Convention on Human Rights. 

Michael Gove and Theresa May are now at loggerheads over May’s announcement this week that she’d rather leave the convention than the EU, as the Brexit debate continues to spiral into auditions for the next leadership conference. 

This is obviously a matter of pressing importance to the British people who must be sick and tired of all the focus on hospitals and pensions, schools and jobs. 

Cameron, Gove, May, Johnson and their ilk pretend that they are looking out for the people’s best interests, but what they are actually doing is selling Britain and making its citizens mercenaries for the highest bidder. 

The army is sent around the world invading other countries and killing their people at the behest of a military industrial complex which sees us become bosom buddies with the Saudis, who are simply a more organised version of Daesh. 

Hospitals are being outsourced and privatised so as to bring more money to pharmaceutical companies, the chief executives of which send their children to the same schools as their pals in parliament. 

The United Kingdom is the most unequal country on the planet in respect to land wealth distribution, with a vast percentage of properties and estates having anonymous ownership and half the rural landscape being owned by less than 500 people. 

Meanwhile the urban property market has become a warped game of online poker for tiger-owning oligarchs, oil sheiks, and inbred gentry. 

It should be laughable that human rights legislation is being peddled as a major problem but then again, to paraphrase a dead American, democracy is the art of running the circus from the monkey cage.  



  1. Yes there are many issues but the European Convention on Human Rights is also a big one that needs to be replaced “fixed”, the British bill of human rights functioned perfectly well for us. Now Teresa May has been known as a EU sceptic for a while, the European Convention on Human Rights being one of her main reason as she has struggled with on trying to do her job because of it, but the fact she sided with Cameron shows interest in her position rather than her country. I think she has come out with this now to try and make amends on siding with Cameron when people know she dislikes EU regulation, maybe a slight feeling of guilt in going against her true beliefs! The reason I say this is that she in her position should understand that we cannot come out of the European Convention on Human Rights without actually leaving the EU as they are interconnected through membership of the EU, not like trade agreements which are EEA agreements and not EU agreements. It is very worrying that the Home Secretary doesn’t appear to understand the legislation on this when she states “that she’d rather leave the convention than the EU” because it is just not possible to leave the convention without leaving the EU, notice how the BBC and Sky just glide over the top of this! 😉


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