A guest post by Clive Francis
Dear Mr Cameron
How Conservatives Now Help Jihad
Better than anybody you must know just how earnest and intent are the jihadists on indiscriminate mass murder in this country. They fundraise, plot, recruit and want nothing better than to die for their cause, taking with them as many innocent Britons as possible. They are plainly at war with us and you recognise this in the frequent changing of your Security Alerts.
For jihadists, Britain is one of the very best places in the world to be and they recognise just how utterly constrained and impotent Britain is in the way it currently tries to deal with them. What a haven for terror this country has created and indeed, nurtures.
Whilst our police and security services do a marvellous job they operate under completely unworkable constraints. Time and again, judicial decisions have demonstrated that the European Convention frustrates and prevents any sensible security framework being developed to deal with this novel and undeclared form of war on our country. Britain is only in this mess because of the European Convention.
Before taking office you recognised this and undertook in your manifesto to introduce a Bill of Rights that would take precedence over anything pronounced in Strasbourg.
The Tory manifesto for the last election said:
- “A Conservative government will negotiate for three specific guarantees – on the Charter of fundamental rights, on criminal justice, and on social and employment legislation – with our European partners to return powers that we believe should reside with the UK, not the EU. We seek a mandate to negotiate the return of these powers from the EU to the UK.”
- “We will replace the Human Rights Act 1998 with a UK bill of rights.”
You now have the required mandate from the country to negotiate the return of these powers and honour your manifesto pledges.
However there is no noticeable sign that any progress on these promises is being made. Consequently our security services are being put under a huge and demoralising strain which can do nothing but hamper and negate their efforts.
In short many lives are currently and constantly being put at risk because of the apparent inaction of this government. Why? Is this the way to safeguard the people who trust you?
It is one thing for the Lib Dems, for the sake of the Coalition, to incur political opprobrium by breaking their manifesto pledges but is quite another matter for the Conservatives to hazard British lives and limbs by breaking theirs.
(With Acknowledgements to The Spectator)