The Shadow Brexit Secretary blasts through BBC bias to reveal the real reason for May’s attack on human rights [AUDIO]

KEIR STARMER
Support us and go ad-free

Theresa May has proposed ‘ripping up’ human rights laws to tackle terrorism. But there’s some debate about whether this is a practical solution. Labour’s Shadow Brexit Secretary, Keir Starmer, clashed with BBC Radio 4 presenter John Humphrys over the issue. And Starmer brought a raft of knowledge and insight to the debate, having been a human rights lawyer as well as the Director of Public Prosecutions and Head of the Crown Prosecution Service for England and Wales.

Tackling terror

Humphrys asked Starmer if he agreed the law should be changed if it prevents us tackling potential terrorists. Starmer responded:

There’s nothing in the Human Rights Act that gets in the way of effectively tackling terrorism… I can say that with this authority: I was Director of Public Prosecutions for five years. I worked very closely with the security and intelligence services, and we prosecuted very, very serious criminals. And the Human Rights Act did not get in the way of what we were doing, and this is a diversion.

“Robust”

The interview continued with several interruptions from Humphrys, and accusations that Labour was dwelling on police numbers and refusing to move the debate forwards. Humphrys put it to Starmer:

Is it not legitimate to move forwards and to look at the effect of the way all of this is being handled? And the evidence of our eyes – horrible though it is – is that it isn’t working as it should. Theresa May is accepting that and saying now we have to be a damned sight more robust than we have been. That’s what she’s saying.

Starmer responded by saying:

But John, we’ve asked the questions and we haven’t got answers. And I think any incoming government on Friday has to review the situation: to ask itself ‘have some of these policy decisions of the last seven years had an effect?’ And I’m not saying they necessarily have, and I’m not undermining the huge amount of work that’s gone in by all concerned in this area, but those questions need to be asked…

Read on...

Support us and go ad-free

We need to review the situation, and I think simply passing within 24 hours of some difficult questions and saying we don’t need to ask them anymore is not really to take as seriously as we should the situation we find ourselves in.

Facing the issue

Starmer has a wealth of experience in this issue. But he isn’t the only person doubting May’s motives. Former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said:

There is no shred of evidence that human rights laws are the reason these murderous acts happened in Manchester and London.

And this is coming after experts have suggested that reduced police numbers could potentially have been partially to blame for the attacks.

Regardless of who gets in, there are many questions that must be asked. And one of those questions should be whether we respond to an attack on Western values by curtailing them. Especially if doing so may not even help.

You can listen to part of the exchange here:

Get Involved!

Vote on 8 June. And encourage others to do the same.

– Discuss the key policy issues with family members, colleagues and neighbours. And organise! Join (and participate in the activities of) a union, an activist group, and/or a political party.

– You can also support The Canary if you value the work we do.

Featured image via YouTube

Support us and go ad-free

We need your help to keep speaking the truth

Every story that you have come to us with; each injustice you have asked us to investigate; every campaign we have fought; each of your unheard voices we amplified; we do this for you. We are making a difference on your behalf.

Our fight is your fight. You’ve supported our collective struggle every time you gave us a like; and every time you shared our work across social media. Now we need you to support us with a monthly donation.

We have published nearly 2,000 articles and over 50 films in 2021. And we want to do this and more in 2022 but we don’t have enough money to go on at this pace. So, if you value our work and want us to continue then please join us and be part of The Canary family.

In return, you get:

* Advert free reading experience
* Quarterly group video call with the Editor-in-Chief
* Behind the scenes monthly e-newsletter
* 20% discount in our shop

Almost all of our spending goes to the people who make The Canary’s content. So your contribution directly supports our writers and enables us to continue to do what we do: speaking truth, powered by you. We have weathered many attempts to shut us down and silence our vital opposition to an increasingly fascist government and right-wing mainstream media.

With your help we can continue:

* Holding political and state power to account
* Advocating for the people the system marginalises
* Being a media outlet that upholds the highest standards
* Campaigning on the issues others won’t
* Putting your lives central to everything we do

We are a drop of truth in an ocean of deceit. But we can’t do this without your support. So please, can you help us continue the fight?

The Canary Support us

Comments are closed