Dominic Raab was answering a few questions recently in the House of Commons, but I’m not sure why anyone turned up. His answers weren’t helpful at all. He seems to be avoiding, at all costs, shedding any light on the progress of their proposals. Not one idea was put forward.
Unfortunately it is not fair of us to criticise this; Mr Raab has no control over when the questions are asked, and he must answer them as they come. If they truly are working on this proposal, then we should all be happy that such consideration is being spent on this. This way we know we’ll get a solid bill, for better or worse. Writers don’t discuss their first draft because no one wants to be judged on their rough ideas.
The Under-Secretary mentions that rushing was the apparent down fall of the Human Rights Act, and his Bill of Rights won’t suffer the same issues. The Government does seem to be committed to good amount of consultation with all involved, and so I’m looking forwards to being a part of that process.
In my previous blog post, I mentioned that repealing the Act comes with a lot of legal trouble from Scotland and Northern Ireland. Both of these issues were brought up, and both had the same answer: “there will be full consultation”. I’m curious to see what legislative trickery he has in mind.
The Labour MP for Hammersmith asks a question regarding what impact England withdrawing from the ECHR would have on other countries, in particular Russia. This is a good question. We want England to be a centre for liberty, and those countries who lack our scruples will be looking to us to see where the bar is.
Mr Raab’s response was petty though: “we will take no lectures on liberty from the Labour party”. This is ridiculous. Lectures on liberty should be taken as they come, and Labour’s previous policies on the matter have no bearing on the need. There should be no moratorium on hypocrites giving good advice.
I’m not sure at this point if no news is good news, but at least we know that “this autumn” we should finally start seeing proposals.