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Tories plan to scrap the Human Rights Act

The Conservatives plan to scrap the Human rights Act After World War Two the European Convention of Human Rights was created to prohibit any breach of our basic human rights. This was a convention signed by European countries, so in order for it to be enforced you had to take the long road to Strasbourg for a decision to be made. The Human Rights Act was passed in 1998 so the UK could clarify and safeguard the rights of its people through bringing the ECHR on UK statute. Examples of these rights include the right to life and the right to a fair trial. Theresa May vowed to scrap the Human Rights Act back in September should the Tories win the next general election. The Home Secretary also spoke of a new Immigration Bill that would allow an easier deportation if there was no risk of serious harm to the deportee. It is understood that this is a reaction to the extensive effort to deport hate preacher Abu Qatada. Considering the consequences, Theresa May confirmed …

News from the week

Headlines from this week EU -Cameron enacted collective responsibility on proposed EU referendum meaning all ministers would be required to campaign to stay in the EU during the referendum – problem people – Iain Duncan Smith and Owen Paterson -Cameron’s speech has provoked Austrian’s far right to call for an EU referendum -Brussles has demanded that Britain pay a fine of nearly 300,000 euros a day for failing to liberalise its energy sector. The Commission sought permission from ECJ to impose fines on UK, Bulgaria and Estonia -Spain jobless rate exceeds one in four as plans are laid out for more austerity, as the Spaniards have been asked to make 30bn euros worth of savings -Tobin tax (a financial transaction tax) is introduced in 11 eurozone countries -MEPs in the agriculture committee voten to weaken environmental proposals made by the Commission while agreeing to reduce subsidies to big farms – all proposals will be finally voted on in March: for the first time, the EP has legislative powers over policies that will govern agriculture UK Policy Economy …

Beware Greeks bearing Euros

Greece is in turmoil. Well, it has been for the last year. But what’s that got to do with your exam? Firstly, there is a huge question as to whether they can survive in the Eurozone anymore.  This is key to the survival of the confidence in the Euro. The fear is that rating agencies will turn to other flagging states, like Portugal and they will follow Greece to the exit door of the Eurozone. If Greece accepts the bail out conditions  they will be subjected to the will of the Trioka, (IMF,ECB and E.U.)in running their economy. This raises questions of sovereignty and the autonomy of the Greek government, which is a hugely contentious issue. Pooled sovereignty is looking more like controlled sovereignty by EU institutions, where Germany is hugely influential.