In a highly-charged intervention, Mr Cameron called for an overhaul of the ‘completely offensive’ rulings from the European Court of Human Rights which have influenced our own judges.‘It’s about time we started making sure decisions are made in this Parliament rather than in the courts,’ Mr Cameron said.
And he announced plans to ensure MPs make laws rather than the judiciary.
But if he fails to deliver he will further enrage Tory MPs, who recently voted to reject a European Court ruling that prisoners should have the right to vote.
He spoke out after the Supreme Court, which is England’s highest court, ruled that rapists and paedophiles must have the right to be removed from the national sex offenders register if they can prove they are no longer a threat to children.
He said: ‘The language used by the Government in the statement today was extraordinary because it felt like an attack on the judiciary, and in this particular case what the judiciary had done was carry out it’s normal task of interpreting the law as it is.’ A senior Liberal Democrat source said: ‘Any commission is not going to be about detracting from rights, it’s going to be about building on them.
That’s what the coalition agreement says.’There remains huge confusion about what a British Bill of Rights would achieve and how it would be implemented.
Currently sex offenders on the lowest danger level simply have to attend a police station once a year, tell the police their name, date of birth and National Insurance Number and alert them to changes in their address.
In future paedophiles and rapists will have to alert the authorities whenever they are living in a house with anyone under 18.
We’re playing with people’s lives.’ Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper accused the Government of failing to do enough to resist the court’s demands.
It would also seek to protect important liberties – such as the right to trial by jury – to prevent them being removed by future governments.
Most importantly, such a Bill would send a strong message to Strasbourg that decisions made in Parliament by elected MPs must be respected.
Supporters of the move say the Bill would help restore ‘common sense’ to judicial rulings.
The idea is to enshrine in legislation the principle of individual responsibility alongside rights – allowing courts to kick out vexatious claims by dubious individuals, such as serial litigants or criminals.