I have to fundamentally disagree with Allan Massie (Perspective, 4 September) when he claims that the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) has made Europe “a better place”. The convention suffers from the same fundamental flaw as the European Union’s Treaties.
Both transfer power from the elected representatives of the people to unelected international elites, who are irremovable, and whose mistakes are irremediable.
Under the British constitution as it was, parliament made the laws and the judiciary interpreted them. If the British people were dissatisfied, they were able at a general election to throw out the government, and elect a new one to remedy the mistakes of the previous one and of the courts.
Human rights declarations make fine political principles, however they make very poor legal principles.
Time and again, human rights decisions by British and European courts have been entirely contrary to what ordinary people consider to be just or moral. Furthermore, there is no practical remedy for the mistakes of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.
The same is true of the European Union. Only the unelected bureaucracy, the European Commission, has the power to initiate legislation.
Over most areas of public policy, it is immaterial which party people in Scotland vote for in Holyrood, Westminster and European elections, as the laws and policies are made by the Brussels bureaucracy, and our elected representatives have very little influence.
We should return to asituation where our laws are made solely on this island, in English and native celtic languages and, most importantly, democratically.