Speaking at the UK Tory conference Home Secretary Theresa May used various examples to show why she believes that the Human Rights Act should be scrapped in the UK. It had already been reported that she would announce her intention to scrap this EU Act.
Nick Clegg, deputy Prime Minister for the UK Coalition Government has previously said that the Act will remain in tact and it seems that veteran Tory, Ken Clarke, is with him on this score. Kenneth Clarke, who is the Justice Secretary and Ms May are definitely not singing from the same song sheet on this one.
What most of the media has picked up on though is one of Ms May's ill thought out examples.
She used an example of a Bolivian man who was not deported due to the fact that he had a cat. She claimed the cat had given him family status in the UK, protecting him from deportation. In true Tory style she assured the audience and viewers that she was telling the truth. As she said, she promised them this had happened. Now it seems it was a distortion of the facts at the very least if not a lie. What a surprise!
You have to wonder at the intelligence of politicians who fabricate the truth so blatantly. Do they not realise that sources can soon check facts out and many will be quick to publicise untruths.
One official on TV said he could categorically say that the cat was not the reason the man was allowed to stay in the UK. The pun was not wasted on me although I was not sure if it was intentional or just one of those funny things that happen.
Suffice to say May looks set on whittling away at UK Human Rights if she can. Perhaps this time though her own political bedfellows will not let her. After all the "Cat's out of the Bag" now.
Eileen Kersey manages TEK Staff Blog