At the risk of further upsetting one of my commenters, Xen347, some further instances of the madness in which we now live.
The Taxpayers Alliance (TPA) have produced a report showing the cost that being subject to rulings by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has cost our nation:
- The UK has to date lost three quarters (331 out of 418) of the rulings that have progressed to the top Strasbourg court, a trend that has increased despite the Human Rights Act (HRA) 1998.
- 80 per cent of all judgments (246 out of 331) Britain has ever lost under the ECHR have been reached since we signed the HRA.
- About one third of all judgments ever made involving the UK were actually referred to Strasbourg after the HRA entered into law, rather than concluded by British courts.
- The cost of complying with judgements under the ECHR is £2.1 billion a year, with an additional £1.8 billion in one off costs. The total cost to date is £17.3 billion.
- The growth of a “compensation culture” fostered by the Court costs a further £7.1 billion a year, £25 billion to date