An allegory of justice (1508) by Raphael in the Apostolic Palace, Vatican City. Image via directmedia.de

ON November 8, 1998, the Human Rights Act received Royal Assent in the United Kingdom. The Act codified into British law the rights specified by the European Convention on Human Rights. However, far from ushering in a golden age of liberty, the Act has led to rulings that have threatened the safety and prosperity of British society. These include the use of taxpayers’ money for a burglar to sue the man whose house he broke into; a…