“As no such legislation will now emerge…”

As the UTV hosted PA report notes, the House of Commons Northern Ireland Affairs Committee has published an interim statement on its inquiry into a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland. From the interim statement

8. When we launched this inquiry early in 2009, it was our intention to comment on the proposals made by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and on the Government’s response to them in the expectation that legislation might be forthcoming within the lifetime of the present Parliament. As no such legislation will now emerge, we believe it would be improper of us to bind a future Northern Ireland Affairs Committee to a particular position. Therefore, we have chosen in this Report to publish the evidence that we have received from organisations and individuals in Northern Ireland and to suggest to our successor Committee that it may wish to consider future proposals on a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland as part of its work programme.

9. None the less, in order that a new Parliament may be as fully informed as possible, we join the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in urging all those who have the best interests of Northern Ireland at heart to study what is proposed for a future Bill of Rights and to give the Northern Ireland Office their views, whether in favour of or in opposition to a Northern Ireland Bill of Rights.

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  • Framer

    It was daft, naive actually, to think that the NIHRC report of December 2008 could ever have been turned into legislation for the (final) 2009/10 parliamentary session.

    The NIO had still to digest it, excrete it and now consult over their 95% rejection of it.

    This has taken us until a week before the election is called leaving the matter to our Tory friends.

    This is not to mention the human rights industry demand, granted by the NIO, for a further period of consultation or face a judicial review funded by agents of a foreign power.

    And of course the south will have to provide any rights equivalent which will take us to the bicentenary of the Easter Rising.

  • granni trixie

    FRamer: so why has NIHRC “welcomed” this interim statement? (in a press statement, see their website).

    Pete:Have also to observe as I have on previous posts from Brian Walker on subject of BOR – it appears to attract little interest
    eg it is 19.57 and you have had one response since around 11am.

  • Pete Baker

    granni

    Never judge a post by the size of the comments. ;o)

  • “Have also to observe as I have on previous posts from Brian Walker on subject of BOR – it appears to attract little interest”

    Keep an eye on the next few editions of the Belly Laugh; the HR Oligarchs are presently preparing another of their opinion polls which will prove that 105% of the population disagree with you on that one.

  • wild turkey

    “Never judge a post by the size of the comments”

    PB,

    can i humbly nominate the above for blogger ‘comment’ of the year.

    afterall is Slugger the Agora or the X-factor?

    PS. no offence given or meant to Granni T

  • granni trixie

    I support the idea of a BOR rights myself, but would like to have seen a more pragmatic approach. If NIHRC had come up with a list which reflected the particular circs of NI (which they were asked to do),they would have been likely to have been more successful in persuading the gov. to bring it forward.

    Pete: numbers responding to a post is surely indicative of the interest of sluggerites at least? (representative of whom, I have no idea).
    I do not judge the quality of debate on numbers obviously but as on Nolan,note that certain hobby horse topics get people fired up, doog poo being but one and “no toilets” another.
    BOR doesnt get people going on Nolan either and thinkn its valid to wonder why, as its potentially interesting.

  • granni trixie

    I support the idea of a BOR rights myself, but would like to have seen a more pragmatic approach. If NIHRC had come up with a list which reflected the particular circs of NI (which they were asked to do),they would have been likely to have been more successful in persuading the gov. to bring it forward.

    Pete: numbers responding to a post is surely indicative of the interest of sluggerites at least? (representative of whom, I have no idea).
    I do not judge the quality of debate on numbers obviously but as on Nolan,note that certain hobby horse topics get people fired up, doog poo being but one and “no toilets” another.
    BOR doesnt get people going on Nolan either and thinkn its valid to wonder why, as its potentially interesting.