As so often, it was Churchill who found the language. In a letter circulated to the wartime cabinet in
In fact, as this book points out, the Council is very much the child of post-1945 internationalist Conservative thinking. In 1948, an international congress presided over by Churchill took place in
The Council was the soft power twin to the military alliance
In 1954, a finance clerk at the Council offices in
The Council allows a steady drip of complaints about bad behaviour of member state governments, and since under the Treaty member states are bound to abide by the ECHR's decisions, it has a great deal more soft power than is realised. Anomalies exist - the Court reflects social change. Gay persecution or the habit of beating children or denying prisoners civic rights were the norm in the first decades of the Council's existence. But having a supranational court handing down judgements is a remarkable achievement of post-1945 civilisation. Now the court is clogged up by thousands of complaints from citizens of the
The Council has played a consistently useful role in post- 1945 democratic development, as
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