Keeping rights and politics separate

Steven King argues (archive only) that the Human Rights Commission’s proposals for a new Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland are the result of a consensus between a particularly narrow range of interests.

Note: This is a re-post from the lost archives of Slugger from last April.

He concludes:

“Never forget the old advice that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Human rights are crucially important. But the notion of human rights is devalued if it becomes a subterfuge for mere desires.

“The commission’s job is not politics by other means. It is time it got on with the job it was actually asked to do, not the job it very clearly wants to do. I know to mention the Agreement is pass but can we have what we voted for please, Professor Dickson?”

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty