A Senior Moment: Is this human rights malarky becoming even more barmy?

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I couldn’t believe my eyes last week - reading about the couple whose new caravan was stolen, subsequently traced by police but not returned to the rightful owners because they (the police) had “no lawful power” to retrieve it from the new occupiers – a traveller family, to protect their human rights! How wrong is that?

Either the law has changed or this whole yooman rights malarkey has become even barmier than ever.

Anyone who ever purchases a second-hand car is aware of the dangers of buying a vehicle without proof of ownership because it could be repossessed. Why should this be different? It just doesn’t make sense.

Neither does the ‘on the beat’ item last week about two men arrested after a Thurlby homeowner reported the theft of an exercise weight bench which had been left on a driveway while a garage was being sorted.

The police located a van fitting the description provided by the homeowner and found the stolen bench on board. After questioning the thieves admitted the offence. A fair cop indeed. But they were let off with a caution.

Is this really the way to deter criminals? Exercising their human rights no doubt!

Another story that makes absolutely no sense whatsoever is news that Moors murderer Ian Brady has been allowed to run up a legal-aid bill of £250,000 to bring a case against Ashworth Hospital – costing the NHS £200,000, because he wanted to be moved to a prison.

This waste of public money is an affront to every honest taxpayer. The only beneficiaries being human rights lawyers who are making a different but very remunerative kind of killing!

And it’s even more difficult to understand why some NHS Trusts are allowing ambulance-chasing lawyers to advertise on their premises with posters and leaflets encouraging patients to sue them.

Apparently the compensation culture is already forcing the NHS to set aside over £20 billion for future negligence claims.

It’s right and proper that genuine cases of neglect or malpractice are compensated, but do we really have to encourage these costly – often trivial, claims?

But enough frivolity, some serious stuff’s coming up. I was interested to see Japanese animal behavioural researchers have been studying our best friends to see what make them tic? (Sorry!) Apparently it’s not just wagging tails we should be looking for to ensure our K9 pals are happy and contented but raised eyebrows and twitching ears.

Owners will be greeted by a raised left eyebrow but strangers - or frightening objects, will elicit a twitch of an ear. Friends will be greeted by tail wags to the right – a doggy sign of joy, but to the left if a strange dog appears.

As a dog owner I hoped I might learn something useful about our own pooch. Regrettably it really didn’t come up to scratch and although it may have given paws for thought, personally I think it’s all barking mad – sounds more like an old wives’ tail!