‘The Human Rights Act should be axed’, said Theresa May this weekend. It has according to the home Secretary caused problems for the Home office.
The Act which enshrines the European Convention on Human Rights in to UK law, could go as early as next year if the Act is replaced by a Bill of Rights.
Somewhat unsurprisingly Cameron supported his Home Secretary, and -following his comments on the Andrew Marr show this morning- the only hold-up preventing it from going through so quickly is because of an agreement with the coalition.
It’s a reckless move and is well summed up by the head of Liberty, Shami Chakrabarti, who said:’ only a “pretty nasty party” would promote human rights in the Middle East while scrapping them at home.’ You can read more on this here.
It will be another busy week for the political commentators and sketch writers as they move their machines from Liverpool to Manchester and tell the world about the Conservatives big ideas.
Already we are aware of some of the big plans: Cameron has (apparently) pledged to build more affordable housing for example, but what is coming across clearer than any message which he actually intends to get across, is the disarray the party is in over its stance on Europe. Cameron seems unable to contain divisions over the EU and I suspect it will play out this week at conference quite vociferously.
Last week was of course the Labour Party conference where ED Miliband gave something of an impassioned speech. I hope to hear much more of this and as I said on BBC News last week when I was interviewed by the political correspondent Norman Smith, the Conservatives are in disarray over the economy- and this is beginning to be reflected in the opinion polls.
Also during Labour conference last week, Yvette Cooper told delegates that Cameron’s ‘sexism’ is driving away women, claims Labour. The shadow home secretary suggested the coalition was increasingly out of touch with women and the issues that matter to them.
She also told the Labour conference in Liverpool that Mr Cameron’s public persona was increasingly putting off female voters.
What do you expect when your Prime Minister dismisses many female MPs who question him, very publically, during PMQs and in exceptionally patronising ways? We all remember Labour MP Angela Eagle, being told to “Calm down, dear”, and then there was the attack on one of his own members only last month (the MP Nadine Dorries)…whatever next dear? You can read the story in full here.