The UK Human Rights Blog is maintained by barristers at One Crown Office Row. I come across it through the tweets of Adam Wagner.
Many of us have a broadly vague notion that human rights are a good thing and are aware, again in general terms, that David Cameron’s Conservative government takes a different view; it is not clear whether that is an ideological position or merely one which taps into the half-formed prejudices of a sizeable number of voters.
This week’s reshuffle has disposed of Cabinet members who are thought of as “for” human rights and replaced them with those who are in some ways “against”. In the process, Cameron has ditched wise legal heads and filled up the ranks with people whose minimal legal experience and personal ambitions will keep them in line with the government (that is, the party) line.
The position is, of course, more nuanced than that, and there is no better guide to it all than the UK Human Rights Blog. Today’s article by Adam Wagner is called The Tory human rights “car crash”, which explains in clear terms what has happened this week and what its implications are.
Regardless of your view on the UK’s position vis-a-vis “Europe” (that catch-all word which sweeps up so many different things), you cannot but be appalled at a government which replaces senior law officers of the Crown with inexperienced but compliant ones. Adam Wagner compares this with CEOs who sacks the legal team because they did not like their advice.
If (like me) you are easily confused by the various courts and related institutions which lie across the Channel, this recent mea culpa by the Guardian may assist.