So who is right? David Cameron when he says: "Abolish the Human Rights Act and replace it with a British Bill of Rights, which sets out rights and responsibilities", or Downing street, which replies: "Gordon Brown would not alter the legislation. A spokesman said: "The Government has made its position clear many times."
Should the Conservatives challenge the odds and win the next General Election, a new Bill of Rights would be high on the agenda. In fact, I have a meeting next month with James Brokenshire, the Shadow Minister for Home Affairs, so it will be interesting to see how the argument develops in the light of both the Stephen Lawrence case and of course the whole debate over increasing anarachy on the streets of Britain.
But if we scrap the Bill of Rights can we trust any government of any colour to give us something better?