"Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action."
George Washington 7 January 1790
Ian Parker-Joseph has a must read post about the Coalition's decision to introduce a Bill of Rights. IPJ has entitled his post "ECHR & British Bill of Rights - a smokescreen" and that is exactly what this is; a smokescreen.
In any true democracy, the constitution on which that democracy is based should be a body of law not to govern the people, but to govern the government; to make government the servant and not the master of the people.
This country has had a Bill of Rights since 1689 which begs the question: why we need a replacement? Who will eventually decide what 'rights' such a replacement would confer? Politicians? In which case the accusation can be made that it will only further enslave the people of this land as recent events show.
Witness: the people have been 'granted' the 'right', under the Localism Bill, to instigate referendums yet the politicians have decided that the results of the people's decision can be ignored. We have been 'granted' the 'right' to decide whether the method by which we elect our 'representatives' should be changed, yet the politicians have decreed what that choice of alternative system should be. We have Theresa May, today, stating in Parliament that it is Parliament that decides our laws, yet is a member of a government that allows laws to be implemented in this land which Parliament cannot change.
What, pray, is the point of a new Bill of Rights when any rights the people of this land may have will rest with the EU, ECHR and the ECJ? To see why this will be, one only has to read this and apply a little logic!
When it is proposed to decide what 'rights' people should enjoy; by what method 'representatives' are chosen; by whom we are to be 'governed' - should that decision not be made by the people rather than politicians? After all, did not Cameron state that "the people are the boss"?
IanPJ quite rightly suggests that this latest proposal is just a smokescreen under the cover of which the Cleggerons will be able to change our system of justice and to undo our principle of Common Law.
Unfortunately for the politicians, it is also a smokescreen which prevents them foreseeing their own forthcoming 'Ceaucescu moment'!