“To people who don’t or refuse to use their votes in all elections remember the Bedroom Tax, and European Convention on Human Rights. It’s no good to moan about it, do something about”.
My thoughts on Human rights convention:
I look back to the histrionic Labour victory 1997-2010 during its rein we witnessed many legislations introduced some from the European Parliament which benefit workers and different parts of the community. Let’s look at some of the policies like:
1. Longest period of sustained low inflation since the 60s.
2. Low mortgage rates.
3. Introduced the National Minimum Wage and raised it to £5.52.
4. Over 14,000 more police in England and Wales.
5. Cut overall crime by 32 per cent.
6. Record levels of literacy and numeracy in schools.
7. Young people achieving some of the best ever results at 14, 16, and 18.
8. Funding for every pupil in England has doubled.
9. Employment is at its highest level ever.
10. Written off up to 100 per cent of debt owed by poorest countries.
11. 85,000 more nurses.
12. 32,000 more doctors.
13. Brought back matrons to hospital wards.
14. Devolved power to the Scottish Parliament.
15. Devolved power to the Welsh Assembly.
16. Dads now get paternity leave of 2 weeks for the first time.
17. NHS Direct offering free convenient patient advice.
18. Gift aid was worth £828 million to charities last year.
19. Restored city-wide government to London.
20. Record number of students in higher education.
21. Child benefit up 26 per cent since 1997.
22. Delivered 2,200 Sure Start Children’s Centres.
23. Introduced the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
24. £200 winter fuel payment to pensioners & up to £300 for over-80s.
25. On course to exceed our Kyoto target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
26. Restored devolved government to Northern Ireland.
27. Over 36,000 more teachers in England and 274,000 more support staff and teaching assistants.
28. All full time workers now have a right to 24 days paid holiday.
29. A million pensioners lifted out of poverty.
30. 600,000 children lifted out of relative poverty.
31. Introduced child tax credit giving more money to parents.
32. Scrapped Section 28 and introduced Civil Partnerships.
33. Brought over 1 million social homes up to standard.
34. Inpatient waiting lists down by over half a million since 1997.
35. Banned fox hunting.
36. Cleanest rivers, beaches, drinking water and air since before the industrial revolution.
37. Free TV licences for over-75s.
38. Banned fur farming and the testing of cosmetics on animals.
39. Free breast cancer screening for all women aged between 50-70.
40. Free off peak local bus travel for over-60s.
41. New Deal – helped over 1.8 million people into work.
42. Over 3 million child trust funds have been started.
43. Free eye test for over 60s.
44. More than doubled the number of apprenticeships.
45. Free entry to national museums and galleries.
46. Overseas aid budget more than doubled.
47. Heart disease deaths down by 150,000 and cancer deaths down by 50,000.
48. Cut long-term youth unemployment by 75 per cent.
49. Free nursery places for every three and four-year-olds.
50. Free fruit for most four to six-year-olds at school.
The UK human rights act came into force thanks to a Labour Government. I don’t have anytime for Theresa May who is pandering to ultra right wing parties and groups and rightwing of the Conservatives for the withdrawal of Convention of Human Rights Act.
Granted at times there are laws that are in place that does protect the rights of prisoners and alleged terrorist but it is up to the government to appeal the High Court decision and argue why they feel that a person(s) is a national security risk. In general the act is there to serve everybody no matter what race, creed, disabilities and sexuality
See article below:
The Conservatives would consider leaving the European Convention on Human Rights if they won the 2015 election, the home secretary has said.
Theresa May told an event organised by the ConservativeHome site the party would also scrap the Human Rights Act.
She said it restricted the UK’s ability “to act in the national interest”.
A private poll by ex-party treasurer Lord Ashcroft, meanwhile, suggested the party would lose 93 marginal seats to Labour if the election was held now.
The BBC understands Mrs May was putting forward ideas for the next Conservative manifesto, and such a move was not current government policy.
The home secretary said she thought David Cameron would lead the party into the next election, and BBC political correspondent Ross Hawkins said there was no sign the speech heralded a leadership challenge.
It will be widely considered as an attempt by Mrs May to position herself for any future contest, our correspondent added.
Mrs May told the gathering she was sceptical whether the convention limited human rights abuses in other countries and suggested it restricted Britain’s ability to act in its own interests.
“When Strasbourg constantly moves the goalposts and prevents the deportation of dangerous men like Abu Qatada, we have to ask ourselves, to what end are we signatories to the convention?” she said.
“Are we really limiting human rights abuses in other countries? I’m sceptical.”
She said that “by 2015, we’ll need a plan for dealing with the European Court of Human Rights”.
“And yes, I want to be clear that all options – including leaving the convention altogether – should be on the table.”
She also called for greater use of the private sector in delivering public services and more state involvement in industrial planning.
The shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper accused Mrs May of a “blatant political pitch” to right-wing Tories, disillusioned with the prime minister’s leadership.
“It is clear that she is more concerned about appealing to… Tory back benchers and setting out an alternative to David Cameron and George Osborne than she is about a coherent policy for Government.
“She says in her opening paragraph, ‘Today’s event is all about a choice of leadership,’ – and its clear that today is another attempt to set out her stall”.
Meanwhile Lord Ashcroft, who owns Conservative Home, published the findings of his poll during a speech earlier at the conference in London.
More than 19,000 people were questioned in 213 British constituencies in January and February 2013. The poll suggested Labour would gain 109 seats in total, returning a total of 367 MPs to parliament, a majority of 84.
It said there would be an average swing of 8% to Labour in the Conservative’s most vulnerable seats.
The Liberal Democrats also stand to lose seats according to Lord Ashcroft’s research. The party would lose 17 constituencies to their coalition colleagues and 13 to Labour.
The former Tory Party treasurer, who has donated millions of pounds to the Conservatives, used the speech to dismiss earlier newspaper claims he has withdrawn support for the party.
The peer said he will fund polling research rather than continue to provide large financial donations.
He added: “I don’t want to see a Labour majority of 4, let alone 84. But I hope this puts the challenge into some sort of perspective.
“We have a long way to go to hold onto the seats we gained last time, let alone pick up many more.
“Things are slightly less grim than the headline polls suggest, and we have everything to play for,” Lord Ashcroft insisted.
But Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps told activists the poll was simply “a snapshot” of what may happen.
He revealed he was knocking on doors on Saturday morning, saying: “I wasn’t out asking people for their votes, I was asking what we could do for them.”
He added: “That’s the most important lesson we can learn. We need to get out there and get to know people.
“We can spend the next two years working out strategies and trying to sub-divide votes – it will get us nowhere.”
The Conservative Home conference was organised to consider the strategies needed to help the party win broader support in 2015