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The Tory split over the ECHR

4 October 2011

Ken Clarke is speaking at a Daily Telegraph fringe event and he was quick to play a
few of his favourite European games in response to Theresa May’s assault on the Human Rights Act
and the European Court of Human Rights
. Nick Watt reports that Clarke claims May did not brief of her examples of
the HRA being abused. And he cast doubt on their veracity: according to Lucy Manning, Clarke jovially challenged May to
substantiate her claim that a criminal was not deported on human rights grounds because they happened to own a cat.

This may seem like fun and games, but it reveals the tension over the HRA and the ECHR that exists within the Tory party, in addition to that which dominates the coalition. It
will be interesting to see what the Attorney General Dominic Grieve, who is an advocate of the ECHR, has to say at a TRG fringe debate on this subject later

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  • Jemima Cleo

    The MP expenses scandal demonstrated that politicians cannot be trusted to protect our human rights because they are not only dishonest they have the propensity to manipulate and interfare with the judiciary as does during the labour administration. The Court of human rights is independent and unbias unlike the domestic courts. We need to remember the importance of impartiality and the danger of our rights been trampled on by the political class who had, over and over shown to be dishonest and corrupt!

  • Nickle

    UK would be in the same position as Greece


    We are in the same position as Greece, with just a long debt maturity.

    GDP to borrowing is greater than Greece.

    Deficit as a percentage of GDP is greater than Greece.

    We are worse off in another respect. The Greeks aren’t paying taxes. If the government can tax them, it can close its deficit. We are already taxed to the hilt, so there is no lee way there.

  • William Blakes Ghost

    Pity that May cannot deport Clarke.

  • commentator

    One of Oborne’s Guilty Men. Left to Clarke, who has never uttered one word of repentance, the UK would be in the same position as Greece. He is extremely lazy, stubborn, well past his sell-by-date and last had a sensible idea in about 1965.

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