History has its tipping points. I wonder if Britain or, rather, the ordinary British, have met another tipping point. A while ago, I blogged about the fact that, as Melanie Phillips points out in Londonistan, the rule of judges has gone insanely against ordinary Brits, with judges relying on the British Human Rights Act to elevate all rights over those of the indigenous Brits’ rights. Yesterday, I blogged about news in Britain that saw the Human Rights Act used to justify keeping in Britain an Italian man who brutally murdered a British headmaster. Today, news out of Britain has the British becoming increasingly upset about the fact that British judges are looking to continentally oriented law to justify squashing the rights of ordinary British people:
David Cameron last night called for the Human Rights Act to be scrapped outright for the first time amid mounting anger that the controversial law had allowed the killer of the head teacher Philip Lawrence to escape deportation.
The Conservative leader accused the Government of being “blind” to the Act’s failings as it emerged that Home Office officials still regarded Italian-born Learco Chindamo as a threat to the public.
Mr Cameron’s call came on a day of high emotion as Mr Lawrence’s widow, Frances, said the legislation, which was adopted by the Labour Government in 2000, was “rotten at the core”.
Concerns over the decision to allow Chindamo – who is due to be considered for parole early next year – to remain in Britain were heightened when official papers handed to the courts by the Home Office showed he posed a “genuine and present risk” to the public.
However, last night Downing Street said that Gordon Brown would not alter the legislation. A spokesman said: “The Government has made its position clear many times.”
The Human Rights Act has been widely criticised and has led to the Government suffering a number of high-profile setbacks, notably in its failed attempts to deport terrorism suspects.
You can read the rest of the story here, including a description of just how vile Chindamo’s conduct was, and how heroically Lawrence died at the hands of this mob leader.
Labour thinks it has a lock on things. But I wonder if Labour without Tony Blair has the reputation and charisma to hang on to office if “little things” like this begin to irk the ordinary Brit (assuming ordinary Brits haven’t been wiped out by 40 years of multi-culti education).