May’s cat incident sets the HRA into a wider context

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Frederick Cowell

Much like the Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland, Theresa May’s cat vanished leaving only a cheeky grin as bloggers pounced on the Home Secretary’s rhetorical feline prop. For May the worst thing, in long list of horrors supposedly created by the Human Rights Act (HRA), was “the illegal immigrant who cannot be deported because – and I am not making this up – he had a pet cat.”

Ken Clarke, himself a Queen’s Council, (he may know a thing or two about caselaw) dismissed the case as made up, and it was; the grounds that the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal cited for reaching their decision had nothing to do with moggies. Why get all worked up about a cat? It’s because it is yet another, and the most high profile example to date, of an anti-HRA campaign that uses distorted and selective facts to simultaneously scare the public and whip up anger against the act. Read more of this post