Monthly Archives: November 2013

Human Rights

Posted by Euan Bennet on 14/11/2013
People of Scotland! Do you enjoy having your human rights removed? Vote NO next September to take advantage of this limited-time offer! Brought to you by the geniuses behind the “immigrants go home” advertising campaign and the “bedroom tax food bank benefit sanctions starvation cycle”, this latest initiative is NOT TO BE MISSED.

Sick of your employer paying you for your work instead of treating you like a slave? Disappointed that if you are arrested it has to be for good reason, and you would be entitled to a fair trial? Annoyed at being free to think and believe whatever you like? Does it fill you with rage that your employer can force you to work for no longer than 13 hours out of every 24, and no longer than 48 hours in one week? THEN HAPPINESS TIME IS COMING YOUR WAY.

Just simply put a cross in the box next to NO next year to confirm that we are indeed Better Together, and a crack team of Tory millionaires will remove all of these annoyances at a stroke! You’ll never again have to worry about such troublesome distractions as freedom of speech, the right to vote for the Government you get (stop laughing at the back, Scotland) and of course, not being tortured just for the hell of it.

DON’T MISS OUT.

Context: http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2013-14/withdrawalfromtheeuropeanconventionofhumanrightsandremovalofallegedterrorists.html

This is deadly serious. The text of the above private members bill is not yet available, but ANY encroachment of human rights is a very dangerous path to walk down. If human rights protection is removed, then it is removed for all of us. That is a fact, and this is exactly why human rights protections exist in the first place.

Until the full text is published in the public domain we can only speculate at what is meant by “alleged terrorists”. Again this is very worrying, as it could be used as a mechanism to deport anyone, if the wording is vague enough. And if you find yourself deported without human rights protection, what recourse would you have? It is not enough to say “this will only happen to bad people”: that is only a valid argument if you claim that no one has ever been wrongly convicted of a crime, and that no one has ever been arrested by mistake. Silly me, of course there have never been any wrongful arrests or imprisonments in history!

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