Well, apparently we’ve been told, the laws passed by our Parliament are as nothing when compared to those rulings of the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights who can overrule any decision made here if they should so choose with regard to cases involving ‘human rights’ or what the rest of us consider to be criminal rights.
BRITAIN’S top immigration judge is defying attempts to stop foreign criminals exploiting European human rights laws to stay in Britain.
In a key ruling, Mr Justice Blake insisted that the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights can override decisions taken by Parliament to toughen up immigration rules.
His decision is a damaging blow to Home Secretary Theresa May’s attempts to stop overseas-born crooks using the “right to family life” as an excuse to avoid deportation.
The judge also claimed that “little weight” should be given to Home Office rules involving criminals with children.
Mr Justice Blake’s ruling, in a case involving a Nigerian drug dealer, will have to be followed by other immigration judges in future deportation cases. But his intervention has infuriated MPs.
Well I suppose one way to deal with the situation would be to sack the judge, though I don’t think that’s a precedent we really want politicians to set, after all we know that once the corrupt mendacious bastards think they have power to do something, they find a way to abuse that power.
Another solution would be to withdraw from any agreements that would involve judges being able to ignore UK law by applying judgements from the ECHR in other words scrapping the human rights act and making the supreme court simply that, the supreme court and highest court of appeal in the judicial system.
Any sane system should have the ability to remove foreign criminals from the country and few believe that ‘the right to a family life’ constitutes a good enough reason to stay, after all, if the family is so enamoured of the criminal they are free to be deported with him…
Sadly I suspect this farce will run and run as the political will to actually do something about it is lacking save in the hot air and pompous pronouncements of various politicians with an axe to grind but very little else to offer.
No, the only way to deal with the ECHR is to remove its power from our judiciary as a referent for judgement, that requires primary legislation though will not happen as it runs counter to EU law.
We could however solve the problem by leaving the EU…
But the current lot we have in Parliament simply won’t do that.