The first one is slightly odd. Yes, I know the Assads are murderous thugs etc.
However, they are the de jure and de facto government. So under what provision of what law are they not allowed to impose public order? Put down an armed uprising?
Isn\’t that what de jure government means? That you are indeed allowed to use violence against a violent uprising?
If, to take an absurd example, the SWP captured a few tanks and started to attack HMG in Bristol, wouldn\’t HMG have the right to call out the military to deal with them?
Onto something less obviously trollish.
As a British citizen, the 36-year-old former investment banker will, however, be free to travel to Britain, though William Hague, the Foreign Secretary, said that was unlikely given current circumstances in her adopted country.
“British passport holders do obviously have a right of entry to the United Kingdom,” said Mr Hague.
Quite right too. However:
However, The Daily Telegraph has learnt that the Home Office is in the early stages of examining the possibility of revoking Mrs Assad’s British citizenship, which was gained by birth.
Eh? When the fuck did that become possible?
Sajid Javid, the MP for Bromsgrove, has asked Theresa May, the Home Secretary, to consider using her powers under the 2006 Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act, which allow the deprivation of a person’s citizenship if it is deemed “conducive to the public good” and doing so would not render that person stateless.
Err, no, that should not be possible, not in anything approaching a liberal or just legal system. The government gets to jail citizens who have done something naughty once they\’ve been tried and found guilty. The government gets to frame the rules about who gets to join us in winning that lottery of life in being British. But it shouldn\’t have the power to strip someone British by birth of being British. Simply because that\’s not a power the Govt should have.
For it is us who select the government that we wish to have, not the government who selects who it wishes to rule: that\’s far too Brechtian a system.
This little known provision of the 2006 Act seems to be another piece of Soviet style law that Blair et al smuggled into our system.