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A British Bill of Rights is a good idea

The Human Rights Act has become overstretched

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In our collective memory, some periods stand out as the landmark legislation of the time, such as the 1945 parliament for the welfare state, or 1987 for the poll tax. In 1997, Tony Blair’s most radical reforms were Scottish and Welsh devolution and the Human Rights Act. Fifteen years later, all three are under strain but the shrillness of the responses is distorting the arguments.

Since the election, the Tory majority makes the government’s pledge to replace the Human Rights Act (HRA) with a British Bill of Rights a…

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