My answer to Do we have the right to have rights?
Answer by Desmond Last:
Yes we do. But we have allowed our Governments to remove access to our rights. This is an example. It occurred 3 years ago in the United Kingdom.
I had written to David Cameron telling him about the events I had experienced in Australia and a very brief reference to my new ideas for the World. The U.K Prime Minster’s website invites you to comment. No warning is given of what I was about to experience.
(This took place about 3 years ago)
Over a period of about 4–6 months I wrote 14 emails to Cameron’s Office. Not one email contained a threat. What I write as answers on Quora was the context of my emails to Cameron.
Why would I send an email with a threat?
Cameron (His Office) did not reply to any of the emails.
I was at home with my mum who was then 85. She is now 87.
There was a knock at the door. There were 2 men and a woman who identified themselves as Police officers from London.One was actually a Psychiatric Nurse but did not say so.
I have no criminal record and in Australia was a Justice of the peace.
They more or less forced their way in. I did not want them in as it could have upset mum.
They said (in summary) I was considered a physical threat to Cameron because of the ‘tone’ of the emails. They did not have a copy of the emails with them.
Then I received a phone call telling me I had to attend a Mental Health Review. If not the Police would come and take me there – a Court Order had been obtained -this is for 14 emails that contained no threat.
I attended 2 interviews and was told it was not a good idea to write to people who were important. I was asked if I heard voices in my head.
No interest was shown in my work.
The questions were intended to provoke me and to be honest if that is the standard of mental Health care in the U.K it is not a system I would recommend people use.
Their systems are based on control not involvement. The syntax they use, both written and spoken, is very confrontational.
I was also told I had attended the Redfern Drug Center in Sydney. That’s strange I said, I have never been to any drug center or received any treatment for drugs.
There is no Redfern Drug Center. I asked who provided the information – I was given a vague reply. Somebody lied. Who and Why?
As there was nothing wrong with me they never contacted me again – till last month. It happened again last month because they did not like my writing – they said I was a threat to Public Safety. Again they were proved wrong.
Now I have a letter stating from the National Health Service stating there is nothing wrong with my mental health.
No letter of apology was sent. Nobody in Government is interested in such obvious harassment. I wrote to Theresa May twice. May never even acknowledged my emails.
I asked the BBC to report the first instance they said they would. Then they contacted me and said they would not. My sister has also written to the Press – they never reply.
I have rights. But where are they? The Government has removed my access to them. Can I get my rights reinstated? No. Because I am on £107/week looking after my 87 year old Mum and cannot afford a solicitor to sue the Government for harassment.
In summary to your question. We have no right to our rights unless we can afford them. Which is why 10,000 children in Africa die of malnutrition everyday. The International Convention of Human Rights does not allow their deaths – where are all the highly paid Human Rights lawyers for the children of Africa, Syria, Afghanistan et al?.