Last week the Conservative party sent to the press a press release and a proposals paper on their envisaged “Bill of Rights” which is to replace the Human Rights Act 1998.
But the curious thing is that the Conservatives did not publish the press release or policy paper. It seems that they sent their proposals, which would affect the fundamental rights of all citizens, to their contacts in the press. Left to the Conservatives, the proposals were not to be published so that that public could read them unless a media outlet chose to publish the proposals.
What the Conservatives should have done, of course, is publish the proposals on their website, for consultation or comment. After all, these are important proposals about a serious matter.
But, no. The details of the proposals were for the Press only. If the Press published the proposals paper then that was up to them.
And five days later, the Conservatives have still not published their proposals.
One can understand why the Conservatives would now not want to publish their legally illiterate, widely derided proposals; but they did not not know what the response would be at the time the proposals were announced and shared with the Press.
What this omission indicates is something different from simple embarrassment.
What this shows is that the Conservatives only see this as a media exercise, so as to generate politically advantageous coverage.
The Conservatives do not really want to know what you think about abolishing the Human Right Act and they do not want you to have access to their plans, independent of any media outlet; the Conservatives instead care more about what the Press thinks and what the Press will tell you to think.
In essence, it tells you everything about the Conservatives’ contempt for citizens that their “Bill of Rights” proposals were intended only for the Press, and not for citizens to be able to see for themselves.
Just after I published this post, this happened – the Tories inserted a link on their website and dishonestly made out it had been there all along.