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Human rights and half-baked plans: did we expect anything else?

23 July 2014

This week has been relatively quiet for this roving reporter. However, it has allowed me to reflect on some of the issues making the news.

It was Dick the butcher, a minor character that few of us will recall for anything other than one of the most memorable lines in all of William Shakespeare's works, who uttered the immortal words: "The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers."

While our prime minister may not want to go as far as Dick's utopian vision of England's green and pleasant lands, unburdened by all its solicitors and barristers, David Cameron certainly seems to be making a concerted effort to nullify the power of at least one particular breed of legal professional: the human rights lawyer.

It seems fairly obvious to all that, with a general election on the horizon, new hard-line Conservative policies appear to be designed to limit the power of the European Court of Human Rights in the UK. The first step in conquerin...

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