Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Bill of rights 'irrelevant' during economic crisis say opponents

. The Daily Telegraph reports that plans for a British bill of rights have run into trouble;

"Opposition to the plan, which would build on the 1998 Human Rights Act, is said to be led by Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary.

Ministerial opponents are thought to contest that the plan will be seen as irrelevant during a time of economic crisis. They add that it could stoke unnecessary controversy by re-opening a debate on the original Act, which incorporated the European Convention on Human Rights into British law and attracts sharp criticism from the Conservatives and campaign groups."

Apparently what is causing particular concern is the plans by Jack Straw to include 'economic rights' like the right to healthcare, education and also a clean environment. A green paper on the bill is due to be published at the end of the year...we wait with interest to see what it includes.

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