- This is the fault of the Human Rights Act
- No it isn't, all that act does is short circuit legal proceedings so that cases don't need to be taken to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg if they deal with matters where the UK is bound under the European Convention on Human Rights. Scrapping the act won't release us from the provisions of the convention, it will just mean more time and money (mostly from the public purse) for these cases as they all then have to go to Strasbourg. No serious politician wants us to withdraw from the convention itself.
- This puts his rights above the rights of the rest of society
- Well no, it isn't a case of deport him or deport the rest of society, his whole life and family are here. Can anyone seriously say that sending him to what to all intents and purposes, passport aside, is a foreign country will help his rehabilitation? The issue is nothing to do with human rights or deportation if he is released and he is still a danger to society, it is to do with sentencing and parole policy. We don't deport all ex-prisoners in case they are dangerous, where would we put them? Why, if he is a danger, should the Italian public have to put up with him any more than we should?
- After committing such a crime he should forfeit his human rights
- There is only one real logical conclusion to that train of thought and that is the death penalty. Some might say that I am engaging in hyperbole here, but think about it, if you become part of an underclass without even the most basic of rights (that is what the convention is designed to give everyone, just the basic rights all human should have) then we are effectively nulling their existence and might as well line them up against the wall. Feel free to argue about whether the rest of this post is objective but here I can't be, the death penalty is a great work of evil and we are much better of for not having it.
Monday, 20 August 2007
The decision to allow Learco Chindamo to stay in this country upon release is generating a lot of heated comment. While I can see that people, especially Philip Lawrence's family are upset about this, the usual woolly thinking is being bandied about by many of those commenting on the story.