Think Tank Watch

The government should cut its ties with the “expansionist” European Court of Human Rights, says a report by a right-leaning think tank.

The Policy Exchange report says the recent row over prisoners’ voting rights highlights the issue.

The report, written by a former government adviser, Dr Michael Pinto-Duschinsky, says the UK has become “subservient” to the Strasbourg court.

He says it also ignores the traditional British freedom of the press.

The report claims the 47 Strasbourg judges have “virtually no democratic legitimacy” and are poorly qualified compared to Britain’s own senior judges.

Lord Hoffman, a former Law Lord, who wrote the foreword to the report, said Strasbourg has “taken upon itself an extraordinary power to micromanage the legal systems of the member states”.

The report says the ECHR is a “virtually unaccountable supra-national bureaucracy”.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-12338931