Nick Clegg: No evidence that human rights laws undermine security

I wondered how long it would take for Theresa May to roll back on her always flimsy commitments to human rights. They didn’t even make it till polling day.

She said last night that she’s prepared to rescind human rights legislation as part of a counter terrorism review.

Nick Clegg criticised this approach on the Today programme, saying that there was no evidence that human rights laws had anything to do with the attacks. Listen here.

We know that Theresa May has made spurious claims in the past – most notably about the cat case which was pretty quickly proven to be wrong.

* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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3 Comments

  • nigel hunter 7th Jun '17 - 2:15pm

    Human Rights do not cause the problems. The coordination of information between countries good or bad depends outcomes . One of them was under observation in Italy but due to the system not on the ‘radar’ in the UK.

  • Lorenzo Cherin 7th Jun '17 - 3:32pm

    The revelation that it was , as said here , known that one of the terrorists was planning terrorism , that Italian authorities knew, but that he got into this country , was not arrested, was not dealt with , carried out his horror, is a terrible indictment , of something, or those who think otherwise are living in cloud cuckooland !

    It either means there was real incompetence in Italy or in the British security or border authorities.

    Or it means they could not arrest even if he was being monitored and was under suspicion.

    As with the daft phraseology of “rolling back powers ” in the manifesto, the antidote to daft is not more daft.

    May is wrong on some of this agenda.

    The right thing is to not be wrong !

    As with Corbyn reacting too quickly on resignation then backtracking , so it is wrong to react with too much too saturate the media with , too soon on these sensitive things.

    Nick and Sir Keir should say, let us wait and see what the Prime Minister means , before we react.

    It is highly possible that outrageous legislation or interpretation of it , which gives the right to a family life as a reason for terrorist suspects sometimes allowed to stay here to be near relatives, but gives no rights to spouses to settle unless , and this was agreed by the coalition, earning over eighteen thousand, needs changing !

    It is my turn to criticise Nick Clegg here, and Sir Keir, whose Labour party in the incarnation he supported, was appalling on making it up as they went along, far worse than May, who opposed ninety day detentions and such !

    If human rights legislation stops us deporting, known suspects, it must be reinterpreted or changed , Europe wise or here !

    Grow up !

  • “Nick and Sir Keir should say, let us wait and see what the Prime Minister means , before we react.”

    May and Conservative party doesn’t want to say what they mean until they have secured 5 more years of office.

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