With the threat of ‘terrorism’ currently at an all time high, the need to prevent against any further attacks seems fairly obvious. Though, to what extent do we go to ensure our safety? This seems a bit more of a murky question, or rather answer to it. I would like to think though that in no way, does ripping up the HRA 1998 (UK) enhance my chances of being safe. I’ve read too many dystopian novels to understand what direction that all leads in. After all isn’t that the best safety currently on the table to us as humans to be entitled to basic rights?
Is it not enough that our privacy is being invaded more than ever before, being constantly surveilled in a multitude of ways in every day life, from your phone tracking your movement, to your social media profiles information and algorithmic bots that know more about you than you do, to your household electronics listening in on you, Big Brother is casting it’s eye on you at all times.
It has been a persistent pipe dream of the Conservative government to replace the HRA 1998 with a ‘British Bill of rights‘, it was recently included by David Cameron in the Conservative manifesto of 2015. Liz truss the current justice secretary then continued to promote and push the idea, until resistance to it forced a hold up for a few more years at the beginning of this year. Theresa May has clearly made her views known, which coincidently align with that of the party, in June this year she said the HRA needs ripping up in the fight against ‘terrorism’.
For me personally this is a no brainier. We are lucky we live in a country like we do, that we even have human rights that are actually upheld unlike some countries, to waver those rights would be ludicrous and verging on suicidal. Not only would it be a very meek step backwards, but it would be a dangerous step forwards in the direction of totalitarianism.