Surrender to Qatada is an insult to justice

By Daily Mail Comment

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Yesterday, as a smirking Abu Qatada was driven out of Long Lartin high-security jail to resume his life on British benefits, there was much gnashing of teeth at Westminster.

MPs spoke almost as one to denounce the immigration court’s decision – based entirely on a ruling by Strasbourg – to block the Al Qaeda fanatic’s deportation to Jordan on human rights grounds.

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said the judgment showed ‘a very real need for major changes to the way the European human rights framework operates’.

Reality: Despite the Prime Minister voicing his anger over Abu Qatada being released, nothing is likely to change

Reality: Despite the Prime Minister voicing his anger over Abu Qatada being released, nothing is likely to change

The ‘extremely frustrated’ Prime Minister – like millions of angry and disbelieving Britons – declared that he was ‘completely fed up with the fact that this man is still at large in our country’. 

Yet, for all this hand-wringing, the depressing reality is that nothing is likely to change.

Ministers say they are not prepared to defy Europe and put Qatada on a plane to Jordan – despite the fact that, when countries such as Italy and France have found the courage to put the protection of their citizens first, and ignored Strasbourg’s edicts, they have received nothing more than modest fines or a stiff letter.

Meanwhile, the Liberal Democrats continue to be allowed to thwart the Tories’ solemn promise to reform the unaccountable and poorly-qualified European Court of Human Rights, even though Nick Clegg’s party would face annihilation if they flounced out of the Coalition and forced an election.

Qatada remains a serious threat who our Law Lords ruled as long ago as 2009 could safely be sent to Jordan on charges of plotting a terrorist atrocity.

His continued presence will also cost the taxpayer millions of pounds in state hand-outs and police surveillance.

Every day he remains at large here is an insult to the British people, an affront to justice and an appalling indictment of a pygmy political class which has cravenly ceded control of this country’s national security to a foreign court.

Uncharitable giving

When, in these straitened times, people generously make donations to Oxfam, Save the Children and Stamp Out Poverty, they understandably imagine they are helping to feed the starving, vaccinate the poorest citizens of the Third World or treat sick children with no access to modern medicine.

Yet, incredibly, we now learn these charities were handing money meant for good causes to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism which, most recently, was behind the disastrous BBC Newsnight report that wrongly accused Lord McAlpine of child sex abuse.

In the wake of the unforgivably shoddy journalism that led to the slurring of the Tory peer, some of the charities which have helped to bankroll the BIJ’s work say they have no plans to provide further funding.

Now they should explain to their own supporters why they misused donations given by unsuspecting members of the public in the first place.

Lest we forget

Today, Lord Ashcroft pledges to provide financial help to repair and preserve graves belonging to some of the soldiers awarded the Victoria Cross, the most distinguished military honour for gallantry.

The ex-Tory deputy chairman decided to act after being distressed by an article in last Saturday’s Mail, detailing how hundreds of their graves have become unforgivably neglected, with crumbling headstones and overgrown plots.

The Mail salutes this true British patriot and hopes others will now join the campaign to afford proper respect to war heroes whose bravery and sacrifice must never be forgotten.

 

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Why do we persist in flattering this man's ego by referring to him by his chosen title? His name is Omar Othman and while in prison he would have been addressed and known by this name.

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We are a pathetic excuse for a country. What would Australia do? Oh wait... he wouldn't be there in the first place.

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My Indonesian wife keeps asking me "Whats wrong with your country don't you have any pride or backbone. " I answer 'No dear they are all left wing moonbats".

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If this was vice versa with his country, he'd be killed nevermind deported!

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I`m fed up too Cameron, only difference is we elected you to " do the job" and you ain`t ARE YOU?

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Dear Dave, I hereby authorise you to use my hard earned taxes to pay any fine levied if you defy the Strasbourg judges and you chuck this creep out of our country. For once my taxes will be well spent with my wholehearted approval Thankyou

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If ever a vote for the BNP or AH was warented this is it. Get rid or him and that excuse of a wife and all his family. I have worked all my eentire life and NOT to support this rubbish Al - Hants

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I am English (Dare I say it?) an exserviceman loyal to two monarchs and a dozen Prime Ministers all of whom told me how brave I was and that they would look after me and never forget. Then they poisoned me with asbestos and, admiiting it, refused me the right to sue. I am one of the very few left just about alive, all exservicemen, denied this Human Right which is available to every other person in the land including criminals and of course this so called Cleric.Would that our leaders had a tenth of the guts they attribute with such nauseating 'sincerity' to our soldiers dying now and just put him on plane. Who knows? they might find bravery refreshing after a lifetime of political cowardice.

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All together now, take it away Abu: I looked over Jordan and what did I see... Coming for to carry me home. A band of Border Police coming after me Coming for to carry me home. If only.

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Funny, I don't remember voting for any of these EU types who dictate terms to our own elected government time after time. I ask two questions (1) why do they tell us and (2) why do we listen. People have tried to explain it to me, but I just don't get it, I must be thick. Maybe they would like to host Quatada in their no doubt exquisite HQ in Brussels?

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