Council of Europe

One thing usually leads to another

Especially if you ask a question on Twitter.

It’s Sunday, my day of reading. It always starts out with a quick check in on Twitter followed by the Sunday Herald. We have a bit of a tradition in our house where I read some of the articles to the other half while he makes breakfast and if he can bare it, after we’ve had breakfast too. We both still miss the great Ian Bell very very much.

In today’s Sunday Herald  was an article “Robin Hood” land reform revolution. Land reform campaigners highlighting a long forgotten 1919 Land Settlement (Scotland) Act as a possible way of giving the state powers to purchase land against the owners will and rent it to ordinary folk.

An interesting read with (to me) an admirable purpose. And that was that, I put the paper down and popped back to Twitter just in time to spot @PeatWorrier raising questions about the legislation and, as I tend to, I asked him a question in response. Andrew has a wonderful habit of not answering a straight question, but tends to respond with something additional. He could have said “yes” or “no” instead I got:

“We can’t evade the thorny A1P1 property rights issues.”

What did we do before Google?

A quick search led me to The Council of Europe handbook on The Right To Property: A guide to the implementation of Article 1 of Protocol No. 1 to the European Convention on Human Rights. Dry reading you might think, maybe I’m odd, but I found it fascinating.

Then I wondered, where are we at with the Tory plan of scrapping the human rights act, it all seems to have gotten very quiet around this subject.

The most recent article I could find is from February 25th this year, so it’s not gone away.

“Scrapping the Human Rights Act will help protect human rights, the Attorney General has argued.”

And back to Google I went. What I found was a series of handbooks covering 14 areas.

“Written by experts in the field, each handbook deals with one aspect of the European Convention on Human Rights or its protocols. The handbooks are intended as a very practical guide to how particular articles of the European Convention on Human Rights have been applied and interpreted by the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. They were written with legal practitioners, and particularly judges, in mind, but are accessible also to other interested readers.”

If you are interested in reading them they are over here

I think that will be the only question I ask on Twitter for today.