John Reid is trying to get the Human Rights Act amended to
pave the way to allow Tony Blair to become the sole decision make in Europe,
as part of the moves to get a European Treaty agreed which will create the post
of European President.
The home affairs and interior ministers of the G6 – the six
largest EU nations – are meeting this weekend on the serene and beautiful
island of San Clemente, US Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and unelected
EU Commission security chief Franco Frattini are also enjoying the italian
In a speech to the European summit, Reid broke ranks with cabinet colleagues
by suggesting that legislation such as the Human Rights Act brought in by Tony
Blair’s government should be reinterpreted because it was helping terrorists
escape jail and fight deportation.
Strict interpretation of human rights laws by judges “to the letter” was
leading to the government being unable to protect the public properly, the
minister said. Such laws needed to be looked at in a different light and not
under the “old model of war”.
“We need to work to
modernise the law – still protecting human rights and still providing equity
and justice – but reflecting the reality of the conflicts and struggles we now
“We need leadership to do this. It can’t be left solely to
the lawyers. Politicians must expose these issues and set a lead so that we can
protect the rights of all our citizens, including all those threatened by
In saying that, John
Reid is trying to tell us that Judges are not fit to protect the interests and
rights of our citizens.
“The government will make use of these powers only
insofar as they are essential for carrying out vitally necessary measures…The
number of cases in which an internal necessity exists for having recourse to
such a law is in itself a limited one.“
Now where have we heard that before. As well as hearing it
from John Reid during the debate on the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill,
it was originally spoken by Adolf Hitler on March 23rd 1933 proposing the Ermächtigungsgesetz (Enabling
Act)..or more formally Gesetz zur Behebung der Not von Volk und Reich (“Law
to Remedy the Distress of the People and the Nation”).
In the 1930s, both Sir Stafford Cripps and Clement Attlee advocated
an enabling act to allow a future Labour government to pass socialist
legislation which would not be amended by normal parliamentary procedures and
the House of Lords. According to Cripps, his “Planning and Enabling
Act” would not be able to be repealed, and the orders made by the
government using the act would not be allowed discussion in Parliament.
In early 2006, the highly controversial yet little-publicised Legislative
and Regulatory Reform Bill was introduced to Parliament. This Bill, if enacted
into law, would have enabled Government ministers to amend or repeal any
legislation (including the L&RR Bill itself), subject to vague and highly
subjective restraints, by decree and without recourse to Parliament. The Bill was
variously been described as the “Abolition of Parliament Bill”
Times) and “…of first-class constitutional significance… [and
would] markedly alter the respective and long standing roles of minister and
Parliament in the legislative process” (House of Lords Constitutional
Committee, reported The Bill is, in essence, an Enabling Act in all but name.
After some amendment by the
government and Lords, the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill received Royal
Assent, Amendments included removing its ability to modify itself or the Human Rights Act 1998;
It must be remembered that Germany
in 1933 did not have a Human Rights Act, that is the reason that John Reid
needs to get European consensus now to get it out of the way.
Joseph Goebbels wrote shortly after the passage of the
Enabling Act: The authority of the Führer has now been wholly established.
Votes are no longer taken. The Führer decides. All this is going much faster
than we had dared to hope.
And you thought we
lived in a democracy.
NuLab – Destroying Britain
from the inside out.