Here is David Cameron’s problem in a nutshell. During his immigration speech on Monday he said:
‘Put simply when it comes to illegal migrants, we’re rolling up that red carpet and showing them the door.’
Just two days later it was once again made clear that the red carpet is firmly in place and no such door in sight. Abu Qatada came to the UK illegally on a forged passport in 1993. He is wanted in Jordan to face terrorism charges. Abu Qatada is an illegal migrant. Yet he ‘cannot’ be shown the door.
The government needs to realise one thing: that as long as we remain a signatory of the European Convention on Human Rights, words like those spoken on Monday only show the British Prime Minister to be a wholly insignificant figure. There is only one logical end to this. But it involves taking a decision that David Cameron apparently does not have the political courage to take.
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