The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom has ruled that Abu Qatada should be deported to Jordan. The ECHR, squirming around with specious pseudo-legal rationale to the extent it has disappeared up its own fundament, in a move branded 'otiose' by Simon Jenkins, demurs. The Home Secretary, Theresa May, has no doubt discussed with her mandarins the option of simply strapping the bugger into a C130 and flying him to Amman. They will have advised her that such a move would leave her personally liable for legal action, that she might even face charges under international humanitarian law. So May gave us the spectacle yesterday of one of the most senior Officers of State floundering in a quicksand of mendacity and pusillanimity in the Commons in defence of the indefensible, in reality wriggling in an embarrassment of personal cowardice. She simply hasn't the balls to put her nation before herself.
As Jenkins writes of the ECHR
As for the European court of human rights, its role in helping him avoid deportation is otiose. The convention it claims ponderously to enforce prohibits anyone's removal to places where there is "a real risk" of torture. No one says Abu Qatada risks torture, so the court, frantic to administer Eurosceptic Britain a bloody nose, conflates opposition to torture with article six on getting "a fair trial", where a plaintiff might be vulnerable to evidence derived from torturing someone else. The fair trial article is so vague it could plausibly be invoked against any justice system. The ECHR is bogged down in empire-building and is a mess.
Either Abu Qatada must go, or Theresa May must go.