Having made all manner of promises on Saturday 9th March about taking on Strasbourg and the ECHR, Theresa May returned to her office on Monday 11th March and did the exact opposite. She signed a letter to the Prime Minister, who we can only hope is made of sterner stuff than his Home Secretary, setting out terms for yet another surrender to Strasbourg.
I have been provided with a leaked copy of that letter which I publish below. See also here for my initial response in the Sunday Telegraph.
There are so many mistakes in what the letter states about the law that it is hard to know where to begin, although I expect Dominic Raab to explain to colleagues later. My own impression is that Home Office officials, and particularly its lawyers, have developed a degree of Stockholm syndrome in their relationship with the ECHR.
Any well thought through proposal to rein in the operation of the ECHR in this country, and I believe that Dominic Raab is a far better lawyer than those on whom the Home Secretary relies, is resisted on at best weak and at worst wholly bogus grounds. The Home Office simply seems to have lost the will to fight back against the monstrous human rights culture which has sapped it of the ability to do its job, i.e. protect British citizens from harm.