The Bonfire of the Liberties: New Labour, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law

Paperback | April 4, 2010

byKeith Ewing

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This provocative book confronts the corrosion of civil liberties under successive New Labour governments since 1997. It argues that the last decade has seen a wholesale failure of constitutional principle and exposed the futility of depending on legal rights to restrict the power of executivegovernment. It considers the steps necessary to prevent the continued decline of political standards, arguing that only through rebalancing political power can civil liberties be adequately protected.Relying on extensive new research of inaccessible sources, the book examines the major battlegrounds over civil liberties under New Labour, including the growth and abuse of police power, state surveillance and counter-terrorist measures. It unfolds a compelling narrative of the major battlesfought before Parliament and in the courts, and attacks the failure of the political and legal systems to offer protection to those suffering abuses of their civil liberty at the hands of an aggressive Executive. In doing so, it offers a definitive account of the struggle for civil liberty inmodern Britain, and a controversial argument for the reforms necessary to contain executive power.

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This provocative book confronts the corrosion of civil liberties under successive New Labour governments since 1997. It argues that the last decade has seen a wholesale failure of constitutional principle and exposed the futility of depending on legal rights to restrict the power of executivegovernment. It considers the steps necessa...

Keith Ewing is Professor of Public Law at King's College London, and is one of the country's leading civil liberties lawyers. He is the author of Freedom under Thatcher: Civil Liberties in Modern Britain (with Conor Gearty) and his other books include The Right to Strike and The Struggle for Civil Liberties (also with Conor Gearty).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:April 4, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199584788

ISBN - 13:9780199584789

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Growth of Police Powers2. Surveillance and the Right to Privacy3. Freedom of Assembly and the Right of Public Protest4. Free Speech and the National Security State5. A Permanent Emergency and the Eclipse of Human Rights6. From Detention - to Control Orders - to Rendition7. Conclusion - Political Power not Legal Rights