The Ranting Kraut

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Archive for October, 2007

Does the UK need a Bill of Rights and Responsibilities?

Posted by rantingkraut on October 27, 2007

Jack Straw argued during a lecture in Cambridge, that the UK should draft its own Bill of Rights and responsibilities. In doing so it should go beyond the Human Rights Act, which co-opted the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) into British law.

In the first two thirds of this lecture, Straw comments on similarities between the ECHR and the German Constitution’s Basic Rights, he also elaborates on the need to respect human rights while fighting terrorism. On the whole, this part of the lecture does not seem unreasonable. The last third of the lecture then demands a UK Bill of Rights and Responsibilities. This part of the lecture is much less specific, but for a number of reasons Read the rest of this entry »

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Wise words on a Bill of Rights and Responsibilities

Posted by rantingkraut on October 26, 2007

A quote of the year? This comment was posted by some Ian B in the telegraph online comments section and deserves more attention than one of many comments usually gets:

The aim of our British Bill of Rights and Responsibilities will be to clarify and explain the obligations which come with rights,

Dear God Jack, you don’t understand what a Right is, do you? Go and read the American Constitution and Bill Of Rights. The rights they enshrine are *protection FROM government* not *responsibilities TO government*. Can you not see the difference? Read the rest of this entry »

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Did Al Gore Deserve the Prize?

Posted by rantingkraut on October 13, 2007

From Melanie Phillips to the audience of BBC online, people seem to feel strongly that Al Gore did not deserve his award since he did fairly little for peace. If contributions to peace are the issue, then that is a fair point. As Damian Thompson put it in the telegraph: “Climate change is a threat to the environment, not to “peace” and international order.

Gore’s defenders are likely to argue that there is an indirect connection: the consequences of global warming Read the rest of this entry »

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Al Gore’s tenth mistake

Posted by rantingkraut on October 12, 2007

A UK judge has pointed out nine mistakes in Al Gore’s ‘An Inconvenient Truth’. I am pleased to contribute a tenth: In his film, Al Gore warms up the old tale about the frog which supposedly doesn’t notice a gradual increase in water temperature and therefore dies when the water eventually becomes too hot, although in Al Gore’s version of the tale the frog is rescued by a benevolent outside force.

I doubt that Al Gore has tested his frog hypothesis, but Read the rest of this entry »

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Alan Duncan on Gordon Brown

Posted by rantingkraut on October 4, 2007

“Brown is the man who has doubled your council tax and destroyed your pension. He is the man who has presided over a collapse in saving and an astronomical explosion in personal debt. He is the man whose budgets – don’t ever forget – were an exercise in trickery and deceit. He is the man who will tax anything that moves and everything that doesn’t. He is the man who has turned the Revenue & Customs into a force for nasty aggression. Read the rest of this entry »

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