• Robert Spicer

Human rights: we need more,not less

It now seems certain that the government will abolish the Human Rights Act. This can be seen as a clear move towards totalitarianism: dictatorships normally get rid of human rights. I have repeatedly argued that European human rights are, essentially, bourgeois individual civil rights, and that human rights should include social and economic rights, for example the right to housing. There should be more human rights, not less. These arguments are now even less likely to prevail. We will be forced back to our common law rights – maybe Magna Carta is next on the list for repeal?

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