In the magazine this month
The European Convention is no longer fit for purpose. It is time for the Lord Chancellor to enshrine our freedoms in British law
The government finds itself in the curious position of promising a British Bill of Rights without having any idea of its contents — other than that it should in some way be different to the much-maligned European Convention on Human Rights. As the latter was drafted by British lawyers and sets out basic rights that the UK acknowledges to be universal, the human rights lobby suspects that the “British” Bill is really some sort of plot to demolish our liberties, especially if “we” are poor or disadvantaged or were not born in Britain. But there would be educational advantages in a statement that recognisably reflects the constraints on government which people in this country have, over the centuries, struggled for and achieved, sometimes by fighting against each other (the Civil War) and sometimes against Europe (i.e. Hitler, Napoleon and the Pope). There are advantages too, in updating and improving the Convention, a wonder of its time (1953) but a time which has passed.
Geoffrey Robertson drafts a Statute of Liberty
To provide for Britain’s ageing population, Iain Duncan Smith should embrace the contributory principle in his welfare reforms
The costly and impractical Climate Change Act was nodded through by a lazy Commons and has been rendered obsolete by the oil price collapse
Universities should not impose quotas on privately educated students. It is a crude tool which may exclude those from humble backgrounds
A free school head advises the Education Secretary to abolish Ofsted and cut the burden of red tape if she wants the state system to stop failing pupils
Ignore the advice of the freesheets handed out on the Tube. Why visit the hot spots in a city full of cool panoramic sanctuaries?
In May, Gerry Adams told Prince Charles he wanted justice. But he should be careful what he wishes for—Sinn Féin too has much to hide
China’s birthrate is higher than South Korea’s or Japan’s. Yet family life is thriving there as millions defy the one-child policy
It’s the political label that dares not speak its name in France. And Nicolas Sarkozy’s latest rebranding exercise will change nothing
Only US troops as part of an international force can halt ISIS in its tracks as its influence spreads due to the President’s disastrous policies
Anti-Semitism is rife, from liberal corridors of power to Muslim communities. We must not ignore our duty to the Jewish people
CHARLES SAUMAREZ SMITH