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Lord Hoffman writes the foreword to this Policy Exchange report, stating: In the last few years, human rights have become, like health and safety, a byword for foolish decisions by courts and administrators. That things should have come to such a pass is sad, because human rights, which used to go under the name of freedom, are a noble idea, especially dear to the people of this country'. The author, Michael Pinto-Duschinsky, notes its objective as to 'suggest ways in which the UK can have a robust system of protecting human rights while at the same time ensuring that judicial assertiveness does not undermine parliamentary democracy'.