Metalchemyst wrote: someone else wrote:
The European Convention on Human Rights is NOT the EU, it predates it by decades as it came in in 1953. We'll still be a signatory after Brexit
And it was incorporated into UK law in 2000 anyway. There's one section I know of that sounds a bit 1984, technically making it possible to limit the holding of opinions:https://i.servimg.com/u/f45/19/71/28/23/freedo11.png
Just because you are free to do something doesn't automatically mean you are free to do anything. The rule of thumb is so long as it doesn't hurt others. That is why every single right in the Convention is subject to restrictions and for good reasons with the exception of freedom from torture which is absolute. It means that even the right to life is not absolute because one can be lawfully killed. There's nothing 1984 about the article's restrictions. You should fear them being implemented no more than you should coppers going on patrols and shooting people at random and later claiming those were lawful killings.
The Convention was incorporated into British law for practical reasons too. Traditionally we didn't have rights in this country, we had liberties. Not the same thing.
So when an individual sued the state for a breach of - let's say - the right to privacy our courts struck out the case (no such right) which was then brought before the European Court of Human Rights which upheld that same claim. This was costly - damages, compensation, changing existing law to accommodate the court's verdict etc. Incorporating the Convention has prevented a lot of claims being unnecessarily brought before the ECoHR.