Monday, October 17, 2011

Article 8

Article Eight, of the Human rights act says that everyone has the “right to a family life”, and is often used to overrule attempts to deport serious criminals and illegal immigrants.
These people include one
Raja Mohammed Anwar Khan was driving after taking heroin when he killed another driver, leaving two children without a father.

He was jailed for six and a half years, reduced to five on appeal, then appealed against the deportation order served at the end of his sentence.

A judge ruled that the presence of his wife and children in Britain and his close relationship with his parents meant he should stay in Britain

Khan left Britain to marry his wife in Pakistan and lived with her there before the couple came to the United Kingdom, while his father last week said he was estranged from his family.
And
Rohan Winfield who raped a professional young woman after leaving his wife - by whom he had three children - for a mistress, but said the marriage was evidence of family life.
As he let him stay in the country, Senior Immigration Judge Andrew Jordan said his decision would “at first glance appear to be wrong, if not perverse” but then went on to say that it was correct for the rapist’s rights to come ahead of the safety of society, the reason the Home Office wanted him removed.
And
Mohammed Ibrahim knocked down Amy Houston and left her to ‘die like a dog’ under the wheels of his car. He was driving while disqualified and after the little girl’s death he committed a string of further offences.
Immigration judges ruled that sending him home would breach his right to a ‘private and family life’ as he has now fathered two children in the UK.
I have to ask and keep asking myself what sort of society would allow such a law to be allowed to be used to prevent the removal of criminals from our country and why politicians of a certain stripe are determined to keep it. I can sort of accept the argument that if the rights of the scum mentioned above are upheld then those same rights will protect me, but on the other hand, I have no intention of doing anything like what they did and if I were guilty of such heinous crimes then I would expect to be kicked out anyway.
It seems that the sort of society our politicians have allowed to flourish is one in which to disregard of the rights of others is rewarded by a system in which the offenders rights are placed higher (much higher) than the victims and their families. It seems as if our politicians are so enamoured of the status of having such legislation that they cannot see the harm it does to our society, particularly in regard to the clear abuses to the spirit of the legislation by sticking to the letter of it. But Sticking to the letter of the law is what lawyers often do to subvert the law (in a sense) because badly written legislation more often than not has loopholes all over it.
We should scrap the Human Rights Act, but we should also look to our roots in the Magna Carta and the Bill of Rights as standards for civilised behaviour, not a modern abomination and not a British bill of rights.

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WitteringsfromWitney said...

Nice post QM and as usual you hit the nail on the head.

Of course, we do not need political parties or politicians to allow us anything, do we?

Captain Haddock said...

So long as lawyers (and many politicians are failed lawyers) continue to make a healthy living from it, we won't see the back of it ..

What's needed are not Judges but a series of Tribunals, made up of ordinary, indigenous people to decide these cases ..

thespecialone said...

More and more each day, I am glad that I am in my 50s and probably have more years behind me than in front. Nobody in authority seems to want to stop this madness. There may be a few outrages in the Daily Mail, but this useless Tory government is as bad as the last useless Labour government. They really are detached from the rest of us are they not?

Anonymous said...

Until one of their own is slaughtered by one of these useless scumbags, politicians wont bother their arse doing anything.

tris said...

If a happy family life is a legal requirement then I wish, under that article, someone would be sent out to find me a wife that wasn't a moaning old cow.

LOL Special One, you'll probably soon be dead so you don't have to worry about that. No one ever pays any attention to what the Daily Mail says. They make most of it up. Ask QM. They made up most of what the printed about the EDL.

And almost no one in this government has ever had anything to do with an ordinary person. ie one who didn't have a nanny, followed by matron, followed by some sort of mistress with a cane. As for slaughtering politicians, my rather reserved church-going mother the other day suggested that the rioters in Italy, and 81 other capitals, protesting against the bankers, should think on, that there won't be any change until one of them is hanging by his neck from a lamppost. I'm up for that.