The latest judge-facilitated immigration scandal (21st January) relates to a case brought by a group called the Refugee Council before two judges McCloskey and Ockleton. This pair agreed that the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) “Article 8 – right to family life” should apply to four relatives of Syrian migrants already living in Londonistan (as the French officials in Calais refer to the British capital city). The four are currently living in the “Jungle” camp in Calais blithely refusing to seek asylum in France because they want “to go to England”.
Origin of the ECHR
When the ECHR was ratified by Britain in 1957, it had been specifically framed to protect people living under Communist rule in Eastern Europe (hence the qualifying term “European”). The United States, although the most powerful upholder of human rights in Europe since 1945, conspicuously did not sign up to a convention potentially open to the widest interpretation by unelected judges. As themselves products mainly of the universities’ left-liberal mind-set in the 70s and 80s, British judges have unilaterally widened the scope of British “Human Rights” using legislation (notably the 2003 Act) to apply to virtually anyone in the world, i.e. 7,000 million people on the planet who are not British citizens.
Role of the Refugee Council
This organisation, originally set up uncontroversially to help people in far-off war-torn lands in Africa and Asia, has now morphed into an agency using its funding to facilitate entry into Britain of those with no legal entitlement to come. Although the present case was brought in respect of four specific individuals, the judges based their decision on Article 8 of the ECHR, which has no territorial or citizenship limits whatsoever. So under their argument any migrant or asylum seeker already physically in Britain, not content with our generosity to him or her and not yet a British citizen or even resident, can claim some relative however distant in a camp somewhere in Europe, the Middle East, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Sudan, Eritrea, etc, and judges McLoskey and Ockleton will be prepared “to order” the Home Office to bring them to Britain at tax payers’ expense, no conditions applied. …[more»]