Heard report on tele that Theresa May having a look at how the french deal with nasty beardies. The amount of resources, costs, lawyers fees etc. etc it"s costing to get shot of this clown must be enormous. The main cause of the problem seems to me to be the ease with which people like him can enter the country. We are spending probably millions on a problem that we shouldn"t have had in the first place. Let"s hope that it doesn"t drag on for another year or more.I expect that mrs beardie will continue to live over here at our expense. The soft touch of the world.
I can understand Gerard taking the view that he does over this; it is his profession after all so he isn't likely to recommend legal shortcuts, and generally I would agree with him. However, this has dragged on long enough and is in danger of turning into farce. To even moderately opinionated laymen, this never-ending situation brings the legal process into disrepute, which has its own price.
Stick him on the next flight out and see if he is so keen to fight the decision from his cell in Jordan using his own (rather than my) money.
The law can be a pain, but isn't that often an ass. Qatada will lose, and he will go. I agree that he has already had more than his fair share of public resources. His lawyers are either allowing themselves to be played through misguided principle, or are being cynical themselves. Ms Pierce appears from her published writings to have very naive, JCR style views about politics. She seemed to me rather rude and lacking in professional detachment when I acted against Qatada for the Secretary of State in a case about ten years ago (we had stopped his benefits - his challenge to that failed.) The legal delaying tactics used by Qatada himself are deeply cynical. He uses our benign system to wage low level sniping warfare, irritating us and costing us money. One of his objectives is, I infer, to make the UK public unhappy with our system. Any dissension that he can cause is good for him, he thinks. If repressive measures are brought in by the government, that's good for him too. Compare and contrast the loathsome Anjem Choudhury, who likes to cause outrage on an issue, and then move on to something else. It is infuriating, but we may just have to breathe deeply, and wait for Qatada to go, which he will.