I always think its a good idea just remind ourselves from time to time that as citizens of the UK we are also citizens of  “The European Convention” which regardless of the failings of our UK Family Law system we as men are protected by. This means a number of important  things.  

Firstly, that under the European Law and its Human Rights Conventions we are entitled too the following.

1). Article 7.1  No Punishment without Law

1. No one shall be held guilty of any criminal offence on account of any act or omission which did not constitute a criminal offence under national or international law at the time when it was committed. Nor shall a heavier penalty be imposed than the one that was applicable at the time the criminal offence was committed. 

This means that you cant be found guilty of a law that does not exist. In particular a law that says one cannot express him or herself in the way he or she wishes so long as it does not infringe on anyone else’s security or health. If we want to criticize a law “The Family Law” for instance or a “politician” or “judge” for instance then we are free to do so. This is what democracy is! Isn’t it? Or is it? So many questions.

I will also bring to the attention of my readers that under European Law we are allowed the following rights.

Article 8  The Right to respect for private and family life

1 Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence.

2 There shall be no interference by a public authority with the exercise of this right except such as is in accordance with the law and is necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security, public safety or the economic well-being of the country, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, or for the protection of the rights and freedoms of others.  

Article 9 Freedom of thought, conscience and religion

1 Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief, in worship, teaching, practice and observance.

Article 10 Freedom of expression

1 Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and “To receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers”. This Article shall not prevent States from requiring the licensing of broadcasting, television or cinema enterprises.

Having reviewed and revisited these seemingly taken for granted RIGHTS it seems that internet blogging about the issues we feel are right and proper are our right Dad,s and no one including the state has the right to take those rights away from us. Of course we fully understand that there are provisions. In that, we cannot be seen to be critisising or undermining someone elses rights in doing so. So, this poses a very important question for me. If this is the case then we cannot be openy critical about those we dont agree with. “Or can we” ?? Even more questions.

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