Conservatives rule out an NI HR Bill

With unerring timing on the night of the Hillborough agreement, shadow justice secretary Dominic Grieve’s rejected any sort of NI Bill of Human Rights in a speech in Belfast. He approvingly quoted a NI blogger Owen Polley for pointing out the serious weaknesses in Monica’s approach that probably did for a Bill altogether. But Grieve, highly intelligent and principled as he is and a strong supporter of unionism by the way, went too far in adopting Polley’s characterisation that the “ NIHRC had become a quasi-political pressure group campaigning single-mindedly for a maximalist interpretation of “rights”, which included handing responsibility for socio economic policy to the judiciary’.” Does he include in that both nationalist parties and significant academic opinion? There was always a case for rooting a limited Bill in the society it serves. Instead, we await progress on the Equality Bill and enhanced powers for the NI Equality Commission. In the new atmosphere of fragile cooperation these may stand a better chance of adoption. Rights are nothing to be afraid of. Grieve faces far bigger problems. Conservatives have yet to make their minds up on whether to adopt the present Human Rights Act as the basis of their own British Bill of Rights or to try somehow to restrict the application of the Human Rights Convention. The debate rumbles on within the party and Grieve’s own position is not entirely secure.

  • Cynic2

    “Rights are nothing to be afraid of. ”

    If only that were true. Monica’s Monstrosity would stifle growth and real opportunity for all our people. Its a socialist nirvana nonsense which in the ends would only benefit lawyers and failed politicians and quangocrats on bodies like HIHRC

  • Cynic2

    “Grieve’s own position is not entirely secure”

    ….. but probably more secure than yours Brian… you do post some tripe here you know

  • aquifer

    We needed legal protections from sectarian gangsters and from the state licensing them to persecute us. They were not delivered. We needed insurance that politics could work. No policy was ever written.

    We wanted to move on and check that nobody was left behind.

    Instead we got a new shopping list of grievances.

  • st etienne

    +1 to aquifer.

    Grieve – a strong supporter of unionism by the way – give over Walker, really, a Tory?! Trying to illicit an equally alarmist ‘orange card’ response is poor form. Maybe there’s more to this game eh?

    Grieve’s thoughts are a breathe of fresh air – exactly what we need in any reconnection with real politics. Welcome thoughts indeed.