For instance there is a 'human right' to family life, which is a reasonable aspiration but it is rather ill defined so it can become twisted by the ECHR to mean that prisoners can have the right to start a family:
The inmates, all serving long sentences and including at least one murderer, claim they or their partners will be too old once they are released and should be allowed to donate sperm now for artificial insemination.It goes without saying that no one anywhere has legislated to allow prisoners to do this, but once a legal culture is established in which judges and lawyers are free to apply interpretations of the law that bear no resemblance to what was either said or intended in the original legislation this kind of subversion of democracy is to be expected.
Six prisoners in British jails have applied to have children with their partners following a landmark European court ruling that their human rights would be breached if they are prevented from becoming fathers.
The case was brought by Kirk Dickson, 34, who is serving a minimum 15 years sentence for kicking a man to death, and his wife Lorraine, 48, who he met through a prison penpal scheme while she was in prison for benefits fraud.
I've got to be honest, I don't want Kirk and Lorraine to reproduce, they are unlikely to be fit parents and come to that their contribution to the gene pool is probably not desirable*. The man Kirk murdered has been removed from the gene pool so it's hard to see why his murderer should not also be removed.
The Dickson legal challenge has already cost the taxpayer more than £20,000 in legal aid.
I'm not even going to comment on the legal aid angle.
Dickson and a friend killed 41-year-old George Askins because he refused to hand over his cigarettes in Lincolnshire in 1994.
Mr Askins' family have previously bitterly attacked Dickson's attempt to have a child.
His brother Peter Askins, 53, said: "If he wanted to have a family he should have thought of that before he robbed my family of a much-loved man."
Well quite, I think their best hope now is that the courts refuse to let him reproduce on the grounds that he's a smoker.
* This may seem controversial but there is a genetic element to criminality as has been demonstrated by adoption studies. When criminals breed they are quite likely to produce future criminals.