At 30 years old Martha Spurrier has just started a tough new job, as Head of Liberty, a UK human rights group she’s stepped straight into the battle over the Human Rights Act being thrown away by the current government.
The Guardian reports:
The Human Rights Act, passed in 1998, allows individuals to defend their rights in UK courts while also ensuring that public organisations such as the police, and local and national government treat all citizens equally and respectfully. So it is no surprise that Spurrier is horrified by the prospect of its abolition – particularly as details of what might replace the act are so vague.
“We’ve got to a pretty bad place where a government is even considering repealing the Human Rights Act,” she explains. “I don’t think the government would put in its manifesto that it would repeal the Equality Act, and I can’t see the difference between that and the Human Rights Act.”
On May 5th 2016 there are local elections in 124 boroughs; but most people are still only talking about the EU referendum later in June. The BBC points out the numerous reasons we should care about the local elections, and if you are over 18 years old make sure you go and vote. In our GCSE RS Unit 8 Section 1 we need to be able to explain why voting is important. Below are some ideas from different sources:
An article in the Independent which questions whether we actually have free will, might hurt your brain trying to fathom out. Scientists in the Scientific American magazine say that the idea of free will may have arisen because it is a useful thing to have, giving people a feeling of control over their lives and allowing for people to be punished for wrongdoing.
However scientists believe that it might only be quickly made choices that don’t require much thought where we really have choice, and in fact bigger decisions might give the illusion of choice even when there isn’t. Complicated arguments.
We use the argument of Free Will quite regularly in our GCSE RS answers because it can explain why people, and Christians, might make their own decisions about a moral situation and not necessarily follow the Bible, Church and Situation Ethics. It allows us to understand that people decide on their actions and they are not puppets to a greater being like God: