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Talk about Human Rights is sometimes dismissed as 'Political Correctness gone mad' in certain quarters -- mainly a particular section of the tabloid press. There are even some politicians who'd claim the whole idea is in some way alien to our values and culture.

I find that kind of argument worrying, and I think everyone else should think carefully about what such talk could lead to. In this episode I explain what Human Rights actually represent, and how they are values that we would sorely miss if they were absent in our lives. I've also been out on the streets with my microphone to hear what other people have to say.

The discipline that Human Rights principles give us is undoubtedly political. The values are undoubtedly correct. But is that a madness? You decide.

You can read the transcript of this item in the accompanying Blog.

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