To replace a European bill of rights with one made and consecrated on England’s own shores may sound appealing – but to whom shall the right and privilege of drafting, formulating and approving this new convention on Human Rights fall?  I worry that it will not be the people of England themselves but the very ones who act so ‘paternalistically’ on their behalf.  Those who would tear up a set of European rights with the justification that the Bill of Rights were not chosen by the people of our land, will themselves reject any full consultation of the very people whose interests they claim to act within.

The interests of the people need to be for the people to decide, that is their privilege – not the privilege of their ‘representatives’.


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