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On Liberty

Rti who joined Liberty the UK's leading civil rights organization on 10 September 2001 explores why our fundamental rights and freedoms are indispensable She shows too the unprecedented pressures those rights are unde. A really great exploration of the importance of our human rights and the often difficult balancing act involved in upholding them There was potential for Shami to get much deeper into some of the issues she raises but ultimately this would turn off many readers possibly new to the ideas discussed from picking the book up at all As such I think it is aimed just right The arguments and style are such that novices and experts alike can appreciate the points raised for discussion and whether you agree with Shami or not no one can argue that the discussion isn t important The book is perhaps a little outdated since it was written during the time of the coalition government but that does not detract from the relevance of the ideas and the last sentence is perhaps particularly pertinent given the current political hot potato Trust me you won t know what you had till it s gone Matthews Choice you agree with Shami or not no one can argue that the discussion isn t important The book is perhaps a little outdated since it was written during the time of the coalition government but that does not detract from the relevance of the ideas and the last sentence is perhaps particularly pertinent given the current political hot potato Trust me The Prince of Pleasure (The Wilde Brothers, you won t know what Hers to Protect you had till it s gone

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On 11 September 2001 our world changed The West's response to 911 has morphed into a period of exception Governments have decided that the rule of law and human rights are often too costly In On Liberty Shami Chakraba. This book is written in the dry and unchallenging style used by many barristers it sets out an argument in favour of Human Rights and in opposition to recent British governments of all persuasions with supporting evidence from well known cases that have been in our news over the past decade and in unpretentious language that aims for clarity and simplicity It has no literary pretensions This approach would work better if the Home Office referred to as Mordar or The Dark Tower because of its steady production of evil did not devise such fiendishly convoluted legal devices to misrepresent the most blatant abuse of human rights as something else It is obviously necessary to unravel and expose this abuse but the resulting text can sometimes reuire slow and perhaps even repeated reading occasionally because it is complicated but often because it is so astonishing The point this book makes in language that is calm and understated is that the UK has a government system which consciously persistently and with great ingenuity sets about depriving people of their most basic human rights and would go much further if it were not challenged and held to account by organisations like Liberty by institutions like the Strasbourg Courts by clear and definitive principles set out in the European Convention on Human Rights and brought into British legislation by the 1998 Human Rights Act These are laws that Britain played a major part in writing and persuading other countries to accept at the end of World War Two they are courts that cannot force the British Government to do a single thing it does not wish to do but can only make its rulings and express its opinions for the British Government to consider Not only is the British Government free to break every clause of the Human Rights Act if it so chooses but in practice that is exactly what it does do As an aside it is interesting to compare the sanctions to which the government will cheerfully expose itself if it fails to comply with some of its free trade agreements I think of the imminent proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership TTIP Like a typical barrister Chakrabarti sets out her arguments and her supporting evidence but is not strident or overbearing in her style is not even nasty to the people she holds responsible for blatant abuses of human rights or the people who tell lies about Human Rights law or the people who actively propagate false stories and illogical arguments to undermine public support for the victims of government abuse which is often atrocious She trusts instead that the evidence will in itself be sufficient to secure the support she needs in order to continue working on our behalf to shine a light on The Dark Tower and to combat the evil that is produced in Mordar After considering the evidence in this book those negative metaphors will seem than appropriate for their target Indeed my own conclusion is that we now need another book something far strident and forceful to expose graphically and fully the abuses referred to in this book but that is a challenge for another writer maybe another Orwell maybe another Russell Brand Chakrabarti has done her job very well Long may she continue her work But this is a story that cries out for emotion anger tears shame

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R today Drawing on her own work in high profile campaigns from privacy laws to anti terror legislation Chakrabarti shows the threats to our democratic institutions and why our rights are paramount in upholding democra. This is Shami Chakrabarti s autobiography of her professional life concentrating mainly on her time at campaigning organisation Liberty In it she discusses many of the pressures that come with occupying legal posts in the Government and in the third sector and offers genuine insight into law is practised in these different settings I really enjoyed these bits of the bookI m surprised to find myself saying that I enjoyed her extensive discussion and defense of Human Rights Law rather less From my completely non expert position I completely support the principle of Human Rights and haven t heard any convincing argument as to why the Human Rights Act should be changed or repealed But I had two slight problems with Chakrabarti s discussion of the topic in this bookThe first was that I struggled to find consistency in a number of her positions That isn t to say that her positions were necessarily inconsistent just that I as a non expert struggled to see how they were consistent For example Chakrabarti mounted a passionate argument against phone tapping suggesting that this was wrong partly because the evidence was inadmissible in court and investigations should only proceed on the basis of admissible evidence I can see that argument But then Chakrabarti suggested that if evidence is obtained through torture that information should be shared with the Police to assist investigations even though is it inadmissible in Court I m sure the two positions are consistent at a deeper level for example the intentions of the collection of information the agency of collection etc etc but that wasn t explained There are several examples of this sort of thing which left me feeling a bit unsatisfiedThe second problem I had was with the slightly dismissive tone with which Chakrabarti discussed politics and politicans She and I completely agree that Human Rights Law is crucial but if the population of a country actively or passively votes for repeal of that law then isn t there a moral imperative to consider following through on that All the so if elected representatives are in agreement with their electors Chakrabarti s approach seemed to be to almost ignore the supremacy of the democratic process but never made the reasoning behind this clearSo all things considered this turned out not to be uite the masterclass I had hoped that it would be But still the book makes a passionate and detailed case and is probably worth reading anywayCoI I think I may have been a member of Liberty at some point in the past but don t think I am any though not sure on either count

  • Hardcover
  • 208
  • On Liberty
  • Shami Chakrabarti
  • English
  • 07 March 2019
  • 9781846148095

10 thoughts on “On Liberty

  1. says:

    I HAVE COME TO LOOK MOURNFULLY AT YOU FOR MINUTES ON ENDShami Chakrabarti is a tiny woman it’s hard to tell from the tv screen but I’d say about 8 or 9 inches tall maybe 10 and she is intensely irritating she’s the Tinkerbell

  2. says:

    This book is written in the dry and unchallenging style used by many barristers; it sets out an argument in favour of Human Rights and in opposition to recent British governments of all persuasions with supporting evidence from well known cases that have been in our news over the past decade and in unpretentiou

  3. says:

    This is a fascinating analysis of the effect of human rights legislation and the erosion of our human rights sin

  4. says:

    Human rights empower the vulnerable and irritate and inconvenience the mighty Thought provoking read can't wait to hear her speak on Thursday

  5. says:

    A really great exploration of the importance of our human rights and the often difficult balancing act involved in upholding them Ther

  6. says:

    I really did not realise how vulnerable our human rights actually are Fascinating and poignant read “Human rights empower the vulnerable and irritate and inconvenience the mighty but trust me you won’t know what you had until it’s gone”

  7. says:

    Liberty once well known as the National Council for Civil Liberties will be celebrating its 80th birthday next yearIt is an auspicious moment for an organisation that was born in the heat of the social and economic struggles of the 1930s bringing radical lawyers into the fray as defenders of the rights to the unemployed workers participating

  8. says:

    This is Shami Chakrabarti's autobiography of her professional life concentrating mainly on her time at campaigning organisation Liberty In it she discusses many of the pressures that come with occupying legal posts in the Government and in the

  9. says:

    A really important book It tackles topics like the Human Rights Act prisoners' voting rights and police snooping all things I thought I had a clear opinion on and all things that Chakrabarti either crystallised or altered in her argumentsMy criticisms are few The book isn't ambitious enough as far as I'm concerned You can't evoke John Stuart Mill and then spend your entire word count consumed by legal matters A little philosophy

  10. says:

    35 still waiting on my half star GoodreadsI guess it was appropriate that I finish this book on the same day that I went to see the Human Rights and Human Wrongs exhibition at the Photography Gallery Shami Chakrabarti takes us on a a path and demonstrates how during her time at Liberty a day before 911 our government both Labour and Conservative led has done its very best to chip away at our civil liberties

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