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Gordon Brown leads all to that sunny land of freedom..

Gordon Brown's plan for human rights - Telegraph

..as part of what he called a "new British constitutional settlement for our generation" Mr Brown hinted at more legal changes to come.

Promising to "respect and extend freedom of assembly", Mr Brown spoke of new rights for the public expression of dissent.

Yesterday's package could also mean voters get new powers to access information held by the state, and new protections to stop others obtaining information about them and their families, Mr Brown said.

Britain could get a new "Bill of Rights and Duties," paving the way for a full written constitution, ministers said yesterday.

The Justice Secretary launched a consultation exercise on a single text setting out both the legal freedoms of British citizens and the responsibilities expected of them.

Michael Wills, Jack Straw's deputy and a close friend of the Prime Minister, later made clear that yesterday's proposals are intended to have far-reaching consequences for Britain.

He said: "These changes are going to be profound. This is going to change fundamentally the way power is distributed in this country."

Yup, we already know how power is going to be distributed, up to Brussels. Allowing us to wave flags in Parliament Square again or mock Ed Balls for his expenses is classic political misdirection. And the "rights and duties of British Citizens"? Fudk you sunshine, I remember when we were British Subjects whose fealty to the Crown was repaid with its protection - not miserable citizens of a vast European superstate which defines our "duties and rights" at its political whim.

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Gordon Brown looking after our human rights? I'd rather put King Herod in charge of a creche!

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"Bill of Rights and Duties"

One wonders how small the "Rights" section will be and how large the "duties" section will be.

Is this the end of a legal situation in this country where things not specifically banned by the law are by default allowed?

Z.

"Bill of Rights and Duties"

One wonders how small the "Rights" section will be and how large the "duties" section will be.

Is this the end of a legal situation in this country where things not specifically banned by the law are by default allowed?

Z.

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