Tory spokesman rounds on proposed Bill of Rights…

Dominic Greive was in town last week and at Tory dinner he rounded on the proposals for content in any new Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland suggesting it makes his hair stand on end. The Newsletter reports:

He said there is “a rights culture” which is “out of control”, not just in Ulster, but throughout the UK. It did not help that “the undeserving in society” can often use rights legislation for personal gain, he added. The Conservatives, he suggested, intend to create a UK Bill of Rights which would have in-built safeguards to prevent those “whose own behaviour is lacking” from abusing the powers. The Tories would then like to see devolved government in Northern Ireland adopt the UK bill, with any changes or additions to take countenance of local needs and issues.

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