Great Britain: The Birth Place of Human Rights Has Become its Graveyard

Adebayo Adeniran
4 min readJan 4, 2022

The nation’s descent into fascism is complete.

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When millions around the world think of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the royal family, Buckingham Palace, afternoon tea, double decker buses, Manchester United, Liverpool football club, the Beatles, and David Beckham easily come to mind.

What is less known, however, is that Britain is also home to the Magna Carta and Habeas corpus, documents which form the very basis of the rights that we have come to recognize as central to our individual freedoms within a democracy.

It is no exaggeration to state that the Magna Carta or the great charter, in modern language, is the single most important document to emerge from these isles. Its influence is strongly felt in the greatest social contract of all —the American constitution.

The words which we have come to appreciate as key to our liberty ring powerfully today as it did the very year (1215) it was written:

No freeman shall be taken, imprisoned, diseased, outlawed, banished, or in any way destroyed, nor will We proceed against or prosecute him, except by the lawful judgment of his peers or by the law of the land.

Great Britain, through its political class, has set itself on a course, to destroy the very thing that we hold dear as a people, in 2022.

And by this, I am referring to a piece of draconian legislation that is being passed by the government.

The nationality and borders bill will empower Britain’s Home Secretary (equivalent of the Secretary of Homeland Security in America) to strip people of their British citizenship without prior notice.

We are told that the reasons for the removal of citizenship with prior warning is due to national security and counter terrorism concerns. And given the antecedents of the Conservative government, this shouldn’t come as a surprise at all.

Shamina Begum, the young British girl of Bangladeshi descent, was stripped of her citizenship, when she sought to return to the country, after going off to fight in Syria as a 15 year old. The decision by the government was countenanced in a ruling by the highest court in the…

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Adebayo Adeniran

A lifelong bibliophile, who seeks to unleash his energy on as many subjects as possible