I have an opinion piece in today’s Times on Abu Qatada. It is behind a paywall so I can’t reproduce it here, but you can probably guess from the title what my theme is: Abu Qatada’s case shows the human rights system works. Enjoy (if you have access).
Here is a taster:
Theresa May, the Home Secretary has warned that “nothing should be off the table in terms of … how we deal with the European Court”. But she also told the 2011 Tory conference about an “illegal immigrant who cannot be deported because — and I am not making this up — he had pet a cat”.
That story, like many others about human rights law, was made up. It is unsurprising that ministers are often scathing about human rights law — it makes their lives more difficult — but the alternative is all-powerful ministers making decisions with impunity.
As usual, I couldn’t resist a Catgate reference.
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