A hack and a coward

Alan Johnson

Attacked: MPs from all sides of parliament turned on Alan Johnson

For almost an hour, MP after MP from all political parties rose to denounce the 'spineless' attitude of Alan Johnson to the Asperger's sufferer Gary McKinnon.

Their language was utterly uncompromising.

How, they demanded to know during an emergency debate, could he possibly continue to sanction the extradition to the U.S. of a man who doctors have warned will kill himself under the strain.

Predictably all that came back from the Home Secretary - who once declared himself a 'hack politician' - was clap-trap about this being a 'quasi-judicial' decision.

You may be a hack, Mr Johnson. You are also a coward.

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