David Cameron is considering a temporary withdrawal from the European human rights convention in order to finally remove Abu Qatada from Britain.
The Prime Minister held a ‘council of war’ with senior ministers yesterday to find a way of deporting the hate preacher to his native Jordan to face terror charges, according to sources.
Home Secretary Theresa May, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling and Attorney General Dominic Grieve were summoned for talks at Downing Street shortly before the Government discovered it had lost the latest round in an interminable legal battle to remove the terror suspect.
Sources said Mr Cameron had declared Qatada’s continued presence in Britain ‘intolerable’ and insisted even the most controversial options must be considered.
We have this thing called the law, see? And Mr. Qatada has the same rights under this rule of law as you or I do. And quite rightly so: it is one of the great boasts of our country that none are too mighty to be above the law. So too should it be that none are to be denied it.
One of the reasons we have this system is so that people who are declared bad \’uns by some Old Etonian claiming to run the country cannot be railroaded. If the law states that Mr. Qatada cannot be sent off to face charges bolstered by evidence perhaps gained under torture then Mr. Qatada cannot be so sent off. And that\’s it really.
Cue More and Roeper from A Man For All Seasons please.