Notorious killers could be released under the latest bonkers ECHR ruling
Today, the European Court of Human Rights threw Bermondsey common sense out of the window when it ruled that notorious killers can no longer be sentenced to life in prison.
In its ruling, the ECHR reached the absolute zenith of its defective, ill-informed and badly timed decision making by granting so-called 'human rights' to the likes of Ian Huntley, who murdered schoolgirls Holly Chapman and Jessica Wells, as well as Peter Moore who killed in 1995 four gay men for his own sexual gratification. This is more than just a middle-class-muck-about by the idiotic and über-liberal Strasbourg judges - it is a dangerous judgement that puts at risk the lives of ordinary Bermondsey residents.
Sitting in their plush Strasbourg court room, built at the expense of Bermondsey and other European taxpayers, the well-remunerated Euro-judges overstepped the mark when they upheld an appeal lodged by multiple murderers Jeremy Bamber, Peter Moore and Douglas Vinter. Their ruling stated that whole-life tariffs with out the possibility of release or review are 'inhumane' and are a degrading form of treatment for criminals. Furthermore, life sentences are, they say a 'violation of article 3 of the European Convention of Human Rights': this is absolute bonkers!
Thanks in part to Tony Blair for introducing Euro-law via the 1998 Human Rights Act, rather than a carefully tailored British Bill of Rights, these killers have been allowed to abuse the system, wasting thousands of pounds of taxpayers' money, as well as valuable court time. While serious issues go unheard, the Euro-court overreached itself this time and showed that it is far from being 'tough on crime'.
The Tories are rightly angered and outraged. Ed Miliband on the other hand is noticeably silent, preferring instead to talk about his party's relationship with the unions. And, Nick Clegg? Unfortunately, he thinks that if he criticises the ECHR in anyway, he will be giving in to the Conservatives. No, no, no! If politicians cannot stand up to the ECHR and promote proudly British values, they should not be in their jobs.
Although the threat to Bermondsey and Southwark residents is admittedly rather small, it exists nonetheless. Earlier this afternoon, one furious resident said that he had 'never heard anything like it'. Another believes that the move is nothing less than a 'prisoners' charter', as well as being deeply unfair.
So, what should the government do? Well, as with most problems to do with Europe, the simplicity of their solution eludes most politicians. Ask the people of Bermondsey and they will give you a straight answer. The government should seek to redefine Britain's relationship with the ECHR, making clear the wishes of our people and pointing out the stupidity of the decision. If Strasbourg fails to listen, the government must withdraw from the jurisdiction of the court. The danger of the latter is that there exists a potential that human rights could be abused by future governments. Therefore, a bill of rights must be enshrined in British law to prevent this. Simple.
So, as the Eurocrats reign supreme from their gilded office complex in France, Bermondsey must speak up for common sense (please vote in our blog opinion poll to show how you feel). If we don't, violent prisoners will continue to abuse the 1959 concept of human rights, and already widespread disillusion with the European Court of Human Rights will rise inexorably.