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By Polly Toynbee, David Walker

Don't mistake David Cameron for a bland PR guy. regardless of coalition compromises, he has grew to become out to be extra radical than Margaret Thatcher.

She privatised industries. yet he deliberate to dismantle the welfare nation itself - beginning with the NHS. The cuts signalled an attack on Britain's post-war social settlement.

Children, teens and the negative are bearing the brunt. Social welfare, police, council prone, housing and criminal reduction are lower than fierce attack.

Will it succeed?

Writing with their trademark incisiveness and wit, Toynbee and Walker record how a celebration that did not win a Commons majority has nonetheless been devastatingly potent. mixing research and information with relocating human tales from Sydenham to Sheffield, Cameron's Coup argues that Britain is changing into meaner and harsher. The urgent query now could be even if those alterations are irrevocable.

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1996) ‘Human rights and the universalization of interests: towards a social constructionist approach’, Sociology , 30(3): 593–600. Weil, P. ’, American Journal of International Law , 77:413– 38. C. (1996) The Margin of Appreciation Doctrine in the Dynamics of European Human Rights Jurisprudence , The Hague and Boston, MA: Kluwer Law International. 2 The law cannot be enough Human rights and the limits of legalism Anthony Woodiwiss During the lead-up to the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in 1948, only a few brave states supported the idea that the Declaration should be made legally binding.

Accurate though I believe this practical sociological understanding of the ambivalent nature of rights regimes to be, it is also an understanding that may prompt some rather dangerous ideas. Especially dangerous, in my view, is the suggestion one hears increasingly often from those angered by the numerous hypocrisies that have been, and remain part of, human rights thought and practice, namely that a politics grounded in an optimistic view of human nature may be better able to protect individuals than the law since the latter is grounded in a pessimistic view that almost invites victimization (Badiou 2001).

This is because the principles involved in human rights law are interpreted from often divergent sources and legal histories, requiring a decision not determined by legal sources. 27 There are potentially conflicting principles present in IHRL that need to be clarified through interpretation. Thus, human rights law is, in this respect, continually being made by The legislation of human rights 22 interpretations and judgements. Such a practice could not take place in any coherent or consistent way, unless there was more beyond positive human rights law than positivists concede: an idea about the point and purpose of this area of law.

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