12 May 2007

Labour's Erosion of Civil Liberties

"The idea that we can protect our collective and individual liberties through the common law and ancient statutes such as Magna Carta, Habeas Corpus, The Bill of Rights of 1689 and the sovereignty of parliament is a romantic fancy in today’s world.

A modern, British Bill of Rights would enable us to do exactly what was done in 1215, 1679 and 1689 – find a pragmatic legislative response to the dangers of excessive executive power and action in a period of discord."
So the Shadow Attorney General Dominic Grieve maintains in the next issue of The Difference. In contrast with the Government, whose response to unprecedented immigration and increased diversity has been "greater restrictions of freedoms, so that all will conform to a Government dictated framework," Grieve argues that the Conservatives need to "remain true to our history of maintaining and promoting liberty and avoid the temptation of espousing populist short cuts to the mirage of security."

To find out what three great opportunities the Shadow Attorney General believes a Bill of Rights would offer and how it could help address problems with community cohesion and the threat of native terrorism, order your copy of The Difference today!


The Stonemason said...

Sometimes it feels as if taking a stand against the ever increasing observation and control of society by state and corporate business is as useles as Knut trying to turn back the tide. We need to build the sea-defence of a well thought out, thorough and rigorously implemented legislative programme, a Self-Denying Ordinance, that will put a limit to the State's powers of interference in the the life of the individual. The individual must be allowed to fail, to take risks, to be wrong-headed,obnoxious and at odds with what the majority and the powerful think. John Stuart Mill must be read, quoted and admired. Nanny must back off or the children will never grow up.