Exclusive: Nigel Farage on Rights and Cats

 Nigel Farage

If Theresa May was hoping that her speech to the Tory faithful in Manchester last week would simply soothe the grassroots’ nerves and lull them into thinking the government were the party of common sense, I suspect she may be disappointed. For rather than cheer the masses into mindless positive campaigning, she opened up a can of worms.

Politics and politicians appear to have a penchant for cats, but May’s speech highlighted the lack of real depth in the Conservative Party’s policy on the Human Rights Act when it was revealed that her example was taken from speech I gave in Eastleigh over the summer and reproduced here on this website.

I am aware that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but when it comes to human rights and how these are dealt with in UK legislation, we are speaking of an issue that is nearly universal in its implications, not a gesture that panders to the party faithful. By citing a case plucked from my own speech, Ms May played into the hands of the Liberal Democrats and local MP Chris Huhne by providing them with a win-win situation when, inevitably, the Tories fail to deliver on this issue. They get their way; the EU continues to govern us, and they can say that their presence in the coalition soothed any ultra controversial ideas the ‘wicked Tories’ may have had.

The reason I made that speech—the reason I am leader of a party which supports leaving the ECHR behind—is because I am a believer in liberties which are all encompassing. I loathe the idea that those in power wish to list people’s rights in legislation as if anyone needed the permission of MPs or, even worse, MEPs, to exercise the rights intrinsic to them as human beings. The idea of codifying rights should not be a political talking point or an exercise to be undertaken in pursuit of electoral gain. However, neither should the concept of what constitutes a “human right” be imposed on us by an unelected, external judicial system.

Forget cats for the minute. When discussing the Human Rights Act, we are talking about legislation which prevents this country’s judicial system from taking steps to protect law-abiding citizens—the only purpose for which a justice system is fit. In 2003, Iraqi asylum seeker Also Mohammed Ibrahim killed 12-year-old Amy Houston in a hit and run. He also had previous convictions for drug possession, property damage, harassment, and burglary. Yet because of the “rights” he was entitled to under the Human Rights Act and the ECHR, a seven-year battle to have him deported failed. His “right to a family life” was considered more worthy of protection than the rights to life and to property due to law-abiding citizens. This is what Chris Huhne, by refusing to even debate the issue, is supporting.

I could list many examples where the rights of hard-working people to go about their lives without fear of harassment and injury have been cast aside in the protection of the dubious and contradictory human rights of the HRA and the ECHR, but what I would rather do, what I feel is more important, is to highlight what can be done about it and why, if people passionately care about changing this situation. The answer is not with Theresa May and the Conservatives. Her speech simply highlighted her unwillingness to act, even though she has your democratic mandate to act. And it highlighted the unwillingness of her party to act, even though they are the party of Government. When the Home Secretary admits publicly that her government is not able to protect you, despite the fact that it wields all the power it needs to do so, then the Conservative party is not the party that will uphold and defend your rights. Nor will Chris Huhne and the Lib Dems, who refuse to acknowledge these contradictions and injustices, nor the Labour Party, who were responsible for the travesty of introducing these injustices into the body of British legislation.

The solution is with a party that wants this country to make its own laws. A party which believes that human rights are not there to be waved like a carrot at election time or chopped and changed whenever it suits the people who happen to be in power.

Because the fact is, rhetoric aside, whilst we are signed up to the European Convention on Human Rights and the Human Rights Act remains on the statue books, there is nigh on nothing we can do to ensure that our true, universal human rights are protected and upheld: the rights to life, and to freedom, and to self-determination, so that no one’s human experience is put at risk or brought to a premature end because criminals’ “rights” were considered more deserving of defence.

All of which means that despite Ms May’s speech, and despite the resulting twitter gaff, neither the Conservatives nor Chris Huhne and the Lib Dems can be expected to deliver anything of the sort, when neither is prepared to bring the fight to the effects of the ECHR and the blatantly unjust outcomes resulting from it.

We can look forward to many more outrages, where British citizens are sacrificed at the altar of European “rights” to anything and everything, unless we face the facts about where our laws are made and hold ministers and MPs to account.

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Nigel Farage is Leader of the United Kingdom Independence party and is one of Eastleigh’s MEPs.  He stood as the Ukip candidate for Eastleigh in 1994.

  5 comments for “Exclusive: Nigel Farage on Rights and Cats

  1. PETER STEWART Chairman UKIP Eastleigh
    October 12, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    The term “Human Rights” is very misleading in the EU context. Certainly we Brits need no lessons on “human rights” from the Continent. We do not need our “rights defined”. Under our ancient principles we are free to do anything provided it is not proscribed in law. Indeed our entire legal system is based on this principle, that the State recognizes and acknowledges our fundamental human rights.

    The opposite is the case with the Continental system, where rights are GRANTED by the State. This is a fundamental difference which many do not appreciate. It leads to an entirely different legal system and attitude to crime and punishment, as well as relationship between State and populace. Think about it!

    We have our own human rights legislation dating back to at least the Magna Carta, with additions over the centuries. Eight hundred years of human rights legislation has given us the finest safeguards in the world. All this is being undone by the Napoleonic inquisitorial system, the EU’s “Corpus Juris”, which forms the backbone of the European legal system and the therefore the ECHR which every EU satellite State is bound to implement as an EU treaty obligation.

    Trial by jury, double jeopardy, the presumption of innocence, habeas corpus are all fundamental rights we take for granted. They are ALL being removed by the EU “human rights” legislation.

    P.S. Any one of you could be arrested under an EU Arrest Warrant and removed to one of the EU satellite States, without the slightest evidence to justify your incarceration. If you think this is bad, why carry on voting for the three main, tired old parties which all advocate staying in the EU.

  2. Topcat
    October 12, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    Nigel Farage and Theresa May are both singing from the same hym sheet.They want to get rid of everyones rights because of a couple of dodgy cases about which they can’t even get the facts right.Farage makes out he is a Libertarian but he wants strip out protection for the individual and give more power to the state.
    Well it beats me.

  3. mm
    Eastleigh Xpress
    October 12, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    The night of Nigel Farage’s speech, I spoke to a ukipper at the bar afterwards.
    He had just defected from the Tories.
    Pleasent guy, we had a bit of chit-chat and he told me he wasn’t working currently as he was awaiting an operation on his knee.
    I asked him why he had left the Conservative Party for Ukip, and he told me:

    “Socialism.There is too much socialism in the Conservative Party today”

    All I said was:

    “Will you be paying for your knee-op?” and he started to get upset with me.

    He said

    “The NHS is NOT socialism.I’ve paid into that with my taxes. Any civilised country should provide health care for its citizens – access to free health care is a basic human right”

    And I thought “Flip me, only 15 minutes ago he was cheering Nigel Farage to the rafters after he suggested we should scrap Human rights now, not only is he telling me about his human rights – he has invented a new one! The ‘right’ to free health care!”

    I really did wonder how many of those in the audience who say they want to see Human rights act removed want their rights taken away – or are they in fact just saying they don’t believe foreigners who over here should be allowed any?

    October 12, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    We should differentiate between:
    1) “human rights” (which we have enjoyed in Britain for centuries without any interfering from Europe!
    2) “Human Rights” as granted to us by the EU and which appear at every turn to undermine our own human rights and
    3) welfare benefits which have come as an enormous benefit of socialism.

    As to whether foreigners should benefit from OUR welfare system, of course NOT! It is fiscal insanity to allow it and will result in the bankrupting of our welfare system.

    Is there anyone reading this who believes it is right that an EU citizen can claim around £21,000 a year in combined child benefit, child tax credits and working tax credits and that the payments are granted without checks (because our own HMRC are so appallingly underfunded thanks to a fat cat globalist government) and paid to an account somewhere in Eastern Europe?

    I think the people of this country have gone bonkers to KEEP voting for the same three main parties who have put them in this mess and who have announced they will keep doing more of the same!!! That is the definition of insanity surely?

  5. Graham Young
    October 12, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    Nigel keep up the good work. The Tories have lost my lifelong vote, Cameron lied to me. When will we be able to buy the Cameron mug? One picture is worth a thousand words.

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