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John Rentoul is chief political commentator for The Independent on Sunday, and visiting fellow at Queen Mary, University of London, where he teaches contemporary history. Previously he was chief leader writer for The Independent. He has written a biography of Tony Blair, whom he admired more at the end of his time in office than he did at the beginning.

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A British Bill of Rights

Posted by John Rentoul
  • Thursday, 20 May 2010 at 12:08 pm
The long coalition programme published today includes this paragraph about the Human Rights Act:

We will establish a Commission to investigate the creation of a British Bill of Rights that incorporates and builds on all our obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights, ensures that these rights continue to be enshrined in British law, and protects and extends British liberties. We will seek to promote a better understanding of the true scope of these obligations and liberties.

I wonder if this will include a crash course for the likes of Nick Clegg and Shami Chakrabarti, possibly led by Alex Carlile, the independent anti-terrorism law reviewer, to explain the difference between putting terrorist suspects "under surveillance" and imposing control orders on them? 

Comments

Haslam of the Yard.
ron_broxted wrote:
Thursday, 20 May 2010 at 11:50 am (UTC)
I wonder if it will put in place safeguards about the illegal retention of innocent DNA? Or the deletion of such? Or the fact that it must now be separately monitored as nobody trusts the police an longer?
Re: Haslam of the Yard.
porkfright wrote:
Thursday, 20 May 2010 at 04:14 pm (UTC)
Again Dr.Rentoul you are busying yourself with matters which are probably aimed at redacting the many abuses of our liberties enacted by GrievousPreviousLabour.
Re: Haslam of the Yard.
ron_broxted wrote:
Thursday, 20 May 2010 at 04:58 pm (UTC)
Isn't it good news about rape suspects getting anonymity? Or do you agree with Harman that there should be more arrests and charges? Even if innocent. Mr Rentoul, Mr Rentoul?
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