The Lib Dems Should Be Radical And Take The Government To Court
The Liberal Democrats have forever promoted the fundamental importance of Human Rights, and one of the most significant benefits of being a member state within the EU is that we are all equally privileged to share such rights. Despite all the Lib Dem’s great efforts to promote Human Rights, they could go so much further to show the public just how powerful Human Rights actually are.
It’s not difficult to understand why the Conservatives want to scrap Human Rights. After all, most of their policies are Draconian, and so Human Rights are a threat and basically get in the way of their Public Bills. The Tories will do everything they can to scrap Human Rights, but Human Rights have not yet been scrapped and this is where Tim Farron must use the tools still available to him, while they are still there.
Many would think that it is impossible to take a government to the European Courts, but why should it be? After all, no living man, police officer, judge, or politician is above the law. This includes organizations, political parties and governments. In fact, Amnesty International has recently taken the UK Government to the European Court of Human Rights over its indiscriminate mass surveillance practices. So why cannot the opposition do just that? It is fundamental and the Rule of Law that no one is above the law.
When Labour stepped to one side and allowed the Welfare Bill to pass, no consideration was given to the ramifications this Bill would have on the young, sick, disabled and low waged working poor. Not only does the Bill impact on the Human Rights of those living, but it also attacks the unborn third child who did not ask to be born nor should they suffer because it. Capping Child Tax Credits to two children does not mean that parents will become more responsible overnight. And by thinking that cutting Tax Credits will punish the parents more so for having a third child, then you have simply not even bothered to consider the innocent child who will actually suffer the most.
Article 25 of the HRA states:
(1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
(2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.
A clear violation of the Human Rights Act is evident, and yet no one is taking the government to court for such acts. Our eight Lib Dem MPs in Parliament could make such a difference, they just need a little dutch courage and to do something radical that’s probably never been done before! If they could employ human rights by acting on it, not only will it demonstrate why Human Rights are so important but will show how they work for you, and ultimately, it could also save many of those currently being attacked by ideological driven cuts in the name of austerity. Otherwise, what’s the point of Human Rights if we never stand up or hold the right to actually defend both ourselves and others when our rights are being attacked?