UK bill of rights outlined

| 24/03/2009

(The Guardian): A new British bill of rights and responsibilitilies outlined yesterday could enshrine entitlements to welfare, equal treatment, housing, children’s wellbeing and the NHS, Jack Straw, the justice secretary, said yesterday. He likened the bill’s potential impact to Magna Carta and the 1689 Bill of Rights. The green paper follows a commitment to the measure made by Gordon Brown the day after he became prime minister, but the proposals have been met with disdain by some cabinet members worried it would simply empower the judiciary, deepen popular frustrations with the Human Rights Act, and be seen as an irrelevance ata time of recession.

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