Affront to sanity

Abu Qatada

Abu Qatada: Laughing to the bank

Madness is the only word for it.

If the Home Office’s fears are confirmed, 11 dangerous terror suspects – including Abu Qatada, Osama bin Laden’s ambassador in Europe – will today be awarded human rights compensation from the British taxpayer.

Never mind that they plotted to rain death on Britain.

Never mind that most arrived here on false passports – or that they would have been freed from detention if they’d agreed to leave the UK.

In the Alice in Wonderland world of the European Court of Human Rights, the terrorists are the victims and we are their oppressors.

Why, we are not even allowed to know the names of eight of them, for fear of breaching their rights.

Meanwhile, Qatada has already launched an appeal to the European Court against yesterday’s ruling by the Lords, in an all-too rare display of judicial common sense, that he should be deported to face trial in Jordan.

That case alone, expected to last years, will add hugely to the £1.5million he has already cost us in legal fees and welfare benefits for his wife and five children.

How many more affronts to sanity will we all have to bear before the Government tears up the worst aspects of our human rights legislation and restores justice to British law?