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September 29, 2006

Lord Falconer

On human rights:

A "passionate" campaign to defend human rights legislation against its critics will be launched by the Government this evening.

Trial by jury.

Politicians and members of the media who attack human rights "attack us all", he will say.

Double jeopardy.

In a speech to be delivered at the London School of Economics, Lord Falconer is expected to tell a lawyers' group: "Human rights are your rights. Human rights are your values. Human rights are not just for lawyers. Human rights are for everyone."

Control orders.

In extracts from his draft speech issued yesterday, Lord Falconer says: "We intend to mount a campaign for human rights — human rights not just for oppressed minorities, but for everyone. We will campaign passionately, and campaign defiantly.

Indefinite detention without trial.

"Human rights express our values — our values of democracy, of tolerance, individual freedom, and the rule of law.

Habeas Corpus.

"When human rights are attacked, then we are all attacked. Those who attack human rights, whether they are our opponents in politics, or our opponents in the media, attack our values, and attack us all. Now is the time to attack the attacks."

The presumption of innocence.

Tell me, who was Lord Chancellor while all these attacks on our liberties were going on? Is he going to attack himself?

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You are soooo naive. Its not Human Rights he wants to defend, but Human Rights Legislation. There is a huge difference.

Posted by: EU Serf | Sep 29, 2006 9:31:49 AM

Good point but what's new in this?

Perhaps more than any other feature, the yawning gap between its rhetoric and reality is what has continued to characterise Blair governments. As Max Hasting aptly observed of Blair's recent conference speech: "Almost every word Mr Blair spoke 'would have been perjury had he been on oath'."

Someone even more notorious correctly observed in the early part of the last century: "The broad mass of a nation . . will more easily fall victim to a big lie than to a small one." [Mein Kampf (1925)]

The downstream outcome of that was also war. As several have already remarked, the provenance of the Third Way goes back to Mussolini.

Posted by: Bob B | Sep 29, 2006 9:51:17 AM

Brilliant, quite brilliant.


Posted by: Reactionary_snob | Sep 29, 2006 1:30:36 PM

A man with that sort of double standards really belongs in the Lib Dem party...

Posted by: Man in a Shed | Sep 30, 2006 7:09:42 PM