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Replace the Human Rights Act with Civic responsibilities & Human Rights Act

Comment 6th July 2010

I believe that rights without responsibilities can only result in anarchy. In my opinion the current Human Rights legislation is a case in point. However little respect people may have for the rights of others, this act seems to enable people to claim for percieved infringements of their own rights, irrespective of their own behaviour. There have been too many reports of successful claims for absurd 'infringments', which are a complete waste of time & money, particularly when public spending has to be restricted.

I think that replacing the legislation with a more comprehensive act, setting out individual's responsibilities to respect the law & the rights of others equally with their own, & restricing their rights if they do not, would be a fair & proper project for Parliament.

Why does this matter?

I believe that it is essential that people are required to take responsibility for their own actions. Over the last 20 years or so, there has been an explosion of new 'rights', but nothing is making people take responsibility. I believe that this encouraged lack of personal responsibility for the consequences of actions, is at the root of many of the problems which our society now faces. In my opinion, the Human Rights Act has exacerbated this situation, whereas an act which balances rights with responsibilites would help to restore the balance.

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