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The Independent View: Removing the ‘right to have rights’

LibertyWhile the Commons grappled with the latest wave of backbench Euroscepticism, quietly and without fanfare the Home Secretary introduced an amendment to the Immigration Bill which strikes at the heart of our national conscience.

The impetus for this power came not from the urgent necessity of fighting terrorism, but is rather the result of a six year legal battle. In October last year, the Supreme Court held that the executive could not remove British nationality from an individual where to do so would render him stateless.  A frustrated Home Secretary now seeks a broad, discretionary power to remove what Hannah Arendt so memorably described as “the right to have rights”.

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  • Chris Lewcock
    Simon R. Not sure I was arguing that there is a slippery slope. More concerned about the superficial and essentially meaningless nature of the particular sloga...
  • Simon R
    @Chris Lewcock and anyone arguing this law is bad because - what will we ban next!?! - That's the slippery slope fallacy. https://www.grammarly.com/blog/slippe...
  • Katharine Pindar
    I was too busy singing last night to join in this debate, but having caught up, I'm glad that two-thirds of our 15 MPs aren't recorded as having voted for the m...
  • John Grout
    @Nonconformistradical Pardon? I think you mean David LG!...
  • Ian Shires
    I'm with the 5. Well done them. I gave up smoking many years ago. It was a struggle believe me, but well worth it in health terms. I get the freedom of the ind...