Wednesday, 13 May 2015
I Agree - Scrap the Human Rights Act
When the 56 SNP MPs arrived in Westminster on Monday I was delighted and hoped that they would be an effective and sensible opposition.
Today the Guardian's headlines read ‘The SNP will not consent to Tory plans to scrap Human Rights Act’.
I suggest this is very short sighted of them and I do hope they’re not going to turn into a group like Scottish Labour in the Scottish Parliament where Labour oppose most proposals for no good reason.
The 1998 Human Rights Act needs to be replaced as it appears to benefit the criminal rather than the victim. We need a Human Rights Act in which our courts and justice system have the last word. In recent years the Supreme Court was introduced and the word of these justices should be final or our justice system will continue to be puppet theatre whose strings are pulled by Brussels. What is the point in us spending billions on justice if the EU have the final say? Why don’t send all High Court cases to Brussels and save our money to spend on those in need?
The Act is going to be replaced by a British Bill of Rights which, I believe, will be very similar to the Human Rights Act but with amendments such as disallowing criminals going to Brussels to have their case ruling overturned. The current balance of human rights is wrong and has to be corrected. It’s wrong that foreign murderers are allowed to stay in this country because they have children here. It’s wrong that UK taxpayers spend millions of pounds on numerous appeals from criminals resisting deportation. It’s wrong that people in need are being deprived of help when human rights lawyers are laughing all the way to the bank.
I trust the new MPs in Westminster will debate this proposal and use common sense to make a decision. Nobody knows the content of the Tory’s proposal as yet but seem happy to oppose it anyway.
That’s not the type of politics I expect from the SNP. Let’s wait to see what the British Bill of Right contains before more knee jerk reactions are voiced.