Patria, the home of patriots

By March 21, 2013February 18th, 2021No Comments

Inaccuracy of his claim

Published on 07/03/2013

UK ‘soft touch’? is apparently what Dr Emerson of Patria posits.

We have to remember that he is a member (now) of a party which split from the BNP, and was he in any other far-right set-up before?

On the UN Convention on Refugees, the inaccuracy of his claim that all those who seek asylum here and not in other European countries must be economic migrants in disguise has been shot away, in the same week you published his letter, by our courts ruling that 60+ Sri Lankan Tamil refugees are not to be deported because the court would not accept they would not be tortured on forced return to that island regime.

Other countries may default/fudge/ignore their obligations under a convention they, like Britain, freely signed.

So I am proud my country obeys the rule of law.

On the Human Rights Act 1998, again this is the UK simply putting into our domestic law parts of the European Convention of Human Rights to which we signed in 1950.

Human rights are not just for foreigners, they apply to all living in this country.

Again the rule of law, something far-right parties ‘then’ and now hardly have been noted for…

As for repealing the 1998 Act, the convention would still apply – unless the UK denounced that.

Even then, some of those frothing at the mouth that ‘they will do this and that about it’ need to read the small print, which says that even after ‘denunciation’ by a signatory, the European Court of Human Rights has jurisdiction over cases up to the end of the period of membership.

On that the UK gave its word in international law.

Patria is another ‘splitter’ in the long line of Monty-Pythonesque far-right parties.

To slightly amend Dr Johnson’s famous quote: ‘Patria, the latest refuge of the scoundrel’.

Jan Cosgrove

Bognor Regis


Dr Emerson replies, 21 March 2013

Patria is patriotic

Dear Sir
Mr Cosgrove wrongly infers (Observer, 7 March) that Patria split from the BNP. This is not the case, since the great majority of Patria’s members had already left that other party before joining Patria.
He also enquires whether I was “…in any other far-right set-up before”. This question is rather like “Have you stopped beating your wife?” It assumes that which it needs to prove.
The BNP is not a “far-right” party, any more than Patria. UKIP, on the other hand, does fit that description. I was an active member of the Labour Party for more than twenty years, until its betrayal of our people and the principles upon which it was founded, proved to me that it was not the same party I joined in 1981. I put country before party. What does Mr Cosgrove do?
Patria is neither left nor right but patriotic.
Regarding the case of the Tamil ‘asylum seekers’, I understand that they have been granted a temporary reprieve and that an appeal is to be lodged by the UK Border Agency. I don’t know the details of this case but I should have thought that there were safe countries much closer to Sri Lanka than Britain, in which these individuals could have sought asylum. India being one such.
The courts have to interpret the law and to apply it in particular instances. It does not follow from this that laws cannot be changed, that the Human Rights Act, 1998, cannot be repealed, for example. Of course it can and it will be, if Patria has anything to do with it.
Similarly, international treaties and conventions, such as the European Convention on Human Rights, can be renounced (and denounced) by individual signatories, such as the UK.
While Mr Cosgrove may eagerly look forward to a time when the European Union, with the help of Lib-Lab-Con, imposes a 1984-style dictatorship on Britain, we are not there yet and our parliament is still supreme.
Yours Faithfully
Dr Andrew Emerson
Chichester Observer