I heard on the radio today that the English Home Secretary is preparing to throw more of our precious taxpayers’ money into her vendetta against Abu Qatada. Mrs May is determined to show how tough she is by refusing to back down in the face of her offices repeated failures to find a judge who is prepared to be be persuaded that she can lawfully send this man, usually described as a “radical cleric” though “advocate of mass murder” is probably more accurate, to the country of Jordan, which wants to try him on terrorism charges. I don’t know how much it has all cost so far, and never mind that our security services have this man so well pegged that the only thing he will be able to do is unintentionally supply intelligence regarding any of his “flock” who are stupid enough to contact him, it’s the posturing (I mean the principle) that counts.
Our politicians won’t say it for fear of being savaged by the Daily Mail, or the dreaded reasonable man, so let me. Maybe the reason Mrs May can’t win this case however often she tries is because she is wrong. Her supporters blame “Europe” and “Human Rights” and lambast “weak” judges who, we were told today by someone who is paid full time to represent us in parliament, “ignore the wishes of parliament and ignore the wishes of the people”.
Er, that’s what they are supposed to do. It’s a concept called the rule of law. The only things the judges have not ignored are the applicable laws and the evidence. Read More→