Lord Ashcroft: voters defecting to Ukip because they are fed up with political correctness

“But these are often part of a greater dissatisfaction with the way they see things going in Britain: schools, they say, can’t hold nativity plays or harvest festivals any more; you can’t fly a flag of St George any more; you can’t call Christmas Christmas any more; you won’t be promoted in the police force unless you’re from a minority; you can’t wear an England shirt on the bus; you won’t get social housing unless you’re an immigrant; you can’t speak up about these things because you’ll be called a racist; you can’t even smack your children.

Related: Bill of Rights: Let us concentrate on real human rights

The British people are rightly fed up with seeing people who represent a terrorist threat to this country, and who very publicly state their hostility to our society, coming back to court again and again, and using the Human Rights Convention as a justification for allowing them to stay in Britain. I don’t believe that the people who wrote the Convention ever imagined human rights law being used in this way – as a protection for people who want to destroy the freedoms of a democratic society.