Post-election reflections: Strategies for overcoming fear and creating hope


Here in the UK, we are grabbling with our Prime Minister's decision to call for a snap election. The election results have been shocking and indeed embarrassing. But unlike other political commentaries, this piece is not about party politics. It is about division and my growing fears of a dying democracy.

Apparently, the "people have spoken" on the issue of the UK's EU membership. Let's park this one then! As our weakened PM enters into negotiations with the Democratic Unionist Party in order to remain in government, I must ask what will happen to the threats she launched against our human rights. You might think that it is not the time for yet another human rights paper. But my warning could not be more timely given the published intentions of both parties on human rights.

After the atrocities of World War II, humanity came together to say "never again"! We wrote the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and promised to protect the weak against abuses of power. I have presented evidence that showed that the ECHR has acted as the biggest tool for building a "regional democracy" that is consistent in its values. A key objective of the European Convention of Human Rights was the development of case law that would construct a regional democracy for bringing consistency in the enjoyment of civil and political rights across the continent.

This “human rights project” was well underway, but today I must conclude that it is hampered by contemporary forces of power and control that are ridiculing the work and status of the Council of Europe. This is not about the EU. It is about our post war intentions to create minimum standards for all Europeans. Standards that would allow us to live freely, equally and without fear.

Having watched the way our strong and stable democracy performed over the last few months, I identify three levers that move forces of power in order to control us, namely: financial