Tim Blair


New Criterion



Monday, November 11, 2002

The European court is showing us why we need a bill of rights dumped on our constitution.

British prisoners will be allowed to receive hardcore pornography after a serial murderer used European human rights law to overturn a ban by prison authorities.

In particular the change stems from a campaign by Dennis Nilsen, jailed in 1983 for murdering six young men, for the right to receive explicit homosexual pornography.

Of course, a spokesman for the so-called victims of crime objected to this enlightened innovation.

"It is not a human right to look at hardcore pornography," the newspaper quoted Norman Brennan, the director of the Victims of Crime Trust, as saying.

"Soon we will be apologising to prisoners for sending them to jail.

What this reactionary should realise is prison is just four walls, and they don't exclude our God-given rights.

What about the rights of the relatives of the murdered to have revenge? Surely as fundamental as pornography.