So much of the controversy which the Right likes to exploit about human rights rests on complete bullshit. Prisoners and others making claims under the Human Rights Act which don’t have a chance of success are regularly jumped on by those determined to undermine the rights and diversity agenda. Here’s the latest:
A schoolboy is missing lessons after his father refused to cut off his three-inch ponytail.
Geoff Wallwork told teachers that school rules breached his son Connor’s human rights.
The 11-year-old has sported the hairstyle since he was a toddler, according to the family.
But the hairstyle does not comply with the uniform code at Westhoughton High in Bolton, Lancs, and Connor has been told the ponytail has to go.
Mr Wallwork said the rules infringe his son’s human rights as girls are allowed ponytails but not his son.
Anyone want to quote me which protected right this idiot is invoking, and from what domestic legislation or international treaty? No, I thought not. The Human Rights Act is possibly the greatest success of the NuLabour government, but it remains fragile because Jack Straw failed to have a proper discussion with the British public about it; a disturbingly large number of people don’t understand its benefits or even its purpose. If it’s going to be properly defended from the Tories (who’d really rather love to kill it), someone needs to start. Nick Clegg’s promise to defend it clearly can’t be trusted.
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