David Cameron claims that the Human Rights Act is preventing us from stopping The Evil Terrorists (TM), and that therefore it should be abolished.
This is bollocks.
The thing which has prevented us from stopping The Evil Terrorists (TM) is that MI5 and the police are a bunch of useless fuckwits without the slightest clue about Islamist terrorism (or indeed, anything else).
Cameron’s idiotic crowd-pleasing is symptomatic of a wider fallacy. In the UK, we currently have the laws in place to arrest more or less anyone bad for more or less anything bad. There are a few exceptions, but they generally aren’t worth worrying about – if you can think of any which are, then leave a comment.
The problem, and the thing which frustrates the public, is that the laws we already have aren’t always enforced effectively. The enforcement isn’t usually all that dreadful, hence crime falling and the UK remaining quite a nice place to live unless you’re a paranoid BNP loony, but when the system does go wrong it is almost inevitably because enforcement has failed.
But in such cases, instead of pledging better enforcement of existing laws, politicians and media commentators (I’m not convinced there’s a difference between the two any more) propose new laws to make something which was already illegal even more so, as if this would make a blind bit of difference to anybody.