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From The Socialist newspaper, 3 June 2015
Human rights hypocrisy
When attending a rally in Westminster on 30 May to defend the Human Rights Act (HRA), Socialist Party members found ourselves in an unexpected and unprecedented situation. We were on a Liberal Democrat protest!
The speeches were jaw-dropping in their hypocrisy. Championing human rights as an abstract concept - with no reference at all to the limits on human rights implemented by the last government. This government included the Lib Dems themselves. And of course no mention of the threatened attacks on trade union rights.
The 'right to education', for example, may be guaranteed by the HRA. But that didn't stop the Lib Dems stabbing students in the back in 2010, and voting to treble university fees after promising to scrap them.
Equally, the 'right to marry and start a family' seems rather meaningless given cuts made by the Con-Dem coalition to child benefit, Sure Start centres and working tax credits
Suffice to say most of those present were clearly not used to protesting. They didn't respond well when we tried to make these points from the crowd. But we didn't mind - we headed off to an anti-austerity demonstration, a much better way to defend real human rights!
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In The Socialist 3 June 2015:
Socialist Party news and analysis
Strikes get results
Tories deepen housing crisis
Labour leadership 'choice' confirms need for new party
Bruised and Blattered - Fifa's boss eventually resigns
Finance capital - taking Liborties
Setting the anti-war record straight
Filipino nurses fight Daily Mail smears
Them & Us
The lessons of Labour's 1945 victory
Heysel: How socialist councillors built bridges
Socialist Party youth and students
Budget Day: Smash Tory austerity!
Queen's Speech protests: determination to fight back
Sri Lankan students protest
Socialist Party workplace news
Lewisham academy schools plans dropped
Victory for Kone strikers!
Glasgow council concedes over pay grading
Network Rail forced to make new offer
PCS members rally in Trafalgar Square
Bromley anti-privatisation action continues
Workplace news in brief
International socialist news and analysis
Spain: left 'popular unity' lists win key victories
Britain: end deportations - solidarity needed
Chile: 200,000 protest in Santiago
Hong Kong: refugee campaign victory
Mental health services gutted by Labour cuts
How the unemployed are targeted with sanctions
Human rights hypocrisy
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