‘Solidity or Wind?’ What's on the Menu in the Bill of Rights Debate?
Article first published online: 8 AUG 2009
© The Author 2009. Journal compilation © The Political Quarterly Publishing Co. Ltd. 2009
The Political Quarterly
Volume 80, Issue 3, pages 420–426, July-September 2009
How to Cite
KLUG, F. (2009), ‘Solidity or Wind?’ What's on the Menu in the Bill of Rights Debate?. The Political Quarterly, 80: 420–426. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-923X.2009.01997.x
- Issue published online: 8 AUG 2009
- Article first published online: 8 AUG 2009
- human rights;
- bill of rights;
- Human Rights Act;
- British constitution
This article examines the pronouncements and positions of the leading political parties on the Human Rights Act and the proposals for a new British Bill of Rights and Responsibilities. It analyses the main arguments made in support of a British Bill of Rights and Responsibilities, which are advanced around five main issues: security, the judges, parliamentary sovereignty, responsibilities and ‘British rights’. The article was written before the government published the Green Paper Rights and Responsibilities: developing our constitutional framework in March 2009 and provides a political context with which to analyse it.