Monday, May 11, 2015

A bad argument on human rights

There are lots of good reasons to oppose the Tory plans to scrap the Human Rights Act. It really doesn't help, though, when the arguments of supporters of the plans make more sense than ours do.

Human rights are inviolable

This is the kind of statement that's easy to make and feels good. But, it doesn't stand up to examination. It's a baseless assertion, appealing to a non-existent moral authority.

Human rights law, like all other, wasn't handed down on tablets of stone in perfect form by some sort of infallible being. Rather, it is a creation of people.

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