Internationally, Britain has traded for decades on its human rights laurels. Its key role in building the successful European human rights system has long been celebrated, and human rights promotion remains a cornerstone of foreign and development policy. Domestically, the contrast could not be stronger. Newspapers are actively campaigning to ‘axe’ the Human Rights Act, and mainstream political leaders are joining in, hoping for electoral gains. Does this mean the British people have turned their backs on human rights?