MKG wrote:.................... I feel that those who shout loudest about the protection of the human rights of law-breakers would be better employed shouting about the protection of millions of people around the world who can't even conceive of a human right, let alone exercise one.
The decent law abiding people of this country owe much of their standard of living, nice houses and 'rights' to the exploitation of those millions in the 'third world'. Britain got rich on theft and exploitation, the enclosures, the rape of India and the slave trade, leading to the accumulation of capital, the industrial revolution and the exploitation of raw materials from throughout the world
Although colonialism is finished, their economies are dominated by the capital of countries like Britain. Most of these countries are a nightmare, a dog eat dog culture, theft and exploitation endemic, with no rights, except for the multi-nationals and a corrupt elite. Millions exist in abject poverty, supply cheap goods to us. Whenever these millions rise up in struggle for their rights (breaking the law in the process), they are brutally suppressed.
The 'rights' in this country have not always been there. The developing world is just like Victorian Britain. Rights were not just conjured up by the 'Law', they were fought for, people went on strike, they campaigned, and they broke the law, slowly the working class lifted itself up and established rights.
Thatcher not only destroyed our industries, she created the welfare culture (a way of silencing revolt). She started a process which over the last thirty odd years, capital has transferred industry to the 'developing' countries and reduced a sizeable section of decent working class families to an underclass that has no stake in society, no education, no property, no future, existing on ever diminishing benefits. It is these that in the main fill our prisons, not “evil” criminals. But also on the cheap goods and profits extracted from those industries abroad, the middle class has in this country at the same time greatly expanded and developed, bringing greatly improved standards of living to many in this country.
Before we look down on other people’s rights, we should think how come we are lucky to have a decent standard of living, at who's expense is it, and where did our rights come from.