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Wednesday, 8 February 2012

If May can't take it, she must go

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. 


Greg Tingey said...

It's the Mandarinate agian
They are refusing to allow "security" material to be used in court.
Otherwise we'd have been shot of the bugger years ago.
Not the minister's fault, directly.
She and Camoron need to gripthe so-called civl service

Barnacle Bill said...

Greg, it is the Minister's fault, either she's in charge or she should be at home behind the kitchen sink.
Her position is no different from mine as Master when I take over another ship.
I have to work within the legal framework to produce the desired results. Which in her case is Mr. Qatada behind bars, be they British ones, or those of another country.
Otherwise I'm out on my arse.
No ifs, no buts ...

Anonymous said...

Both of them should fork off.

Weekend Yachtsman said...

My prediction: neither of them will go.

Or at least, not for any reason connected with this fiasco.

Oldrightie said...

As he waves jocularly two fingers at us all, the MSM continue to ignore the rape trials in Liverpool and now Burnley. Then they wring their hands at right wing "extremism" which in reality is angry frustration and despair.

Tarka the Rotter said...

What's the EctHR's ruling on those of us having to live in a country which harbours terrorists, putting our lives and those of our fellow citizens at risk? What about our human right NOT to be blown up, shot at or whatever? Why does the one trump the other?

Elby the Beserk said...

The French and the Italians have both ignored similar orders from the court, and just gone ahead and deported terrorists regardless. Time we grew some balls.

Anonymous said...

Or how about assination without ever finding the culprit?

Eye blind turn a

Rearrange those four words.

Coney Island

John M said...

I find it astonishing that considering how many lawyers are circling this case that is apparently not possible to try this man for treason and a string of hate crimes.

This is a horrid man who apparently not only hates the UK, it's people and it's way of life but has both actively set about attacking it and radicalising others to do so. At the risk of sounding a bit "Daily Mail" am I the only person who is wondering if the quickest way to deal with this man is simply to put a bullet in him. Someone has to say it.

Anonymous said...

The trouble with "just putting a bullet" into this expensive pest is that it sets a precedent.

Who is the next one to be bulletted? And when does it get to you and me? - as it would in Syria, for instance.

Bending the rules is the beginning of tyranny.


James Higham said...

She simply hasn't the balls

No Radders - she's a woman.

Greg Tingey said...

I think I heard May say she wanted him in a jail - a Jordanian one - so that we don't have to pay for his upkeep.

Very convoluted.

Agree with BB about getting a grip on the Mandarinate, but easier said than done.

Sean O'Hare said...

There must be some shady "black ops" organisations employing ex SAS types that would jump at the chance of a contract to put this right. Surely it can't be just a budgetry thing?

Anonymous said...

All these politicians signed away our right to an independent legal system, so why do they complain when it bites them?