There does seem to be something quite ridiculous about a situation in which a man who is - to use our Prime Minister's own words "..has no right to be here, we believe he's a threat to our country," and yet cannot be expelled by us.
I'm well-known for championing the rule of law, but there are times when I wonder if we haven't lost sight of the ball, and this is one of them.
In 21 days our government must either come up with a valid legal reason for an appeal against the ruling or release Abu Qatada back into the community. It's a cast iron guarantee that his lawyers will challenge every inch of the way.
Perhaps we should send the man to Strasbourg, and let them have the problem.
No, send him to back to Jordan and wait for the backlash. After all that is where he belongs, not here. But there again, we will keep him in ways he would like to be kept!! Almost everything paid for by others.
I'd be willing to bet, that once he is back in Jordan, they will not release him back again
Maybe Parliament should pass emergency legislation on this case alone ensuring that Parliament decrees in this case that a special UK law passed by sovereign Parliament cannot be overturned as Parliament is the highest court.
Human rights? The rights of one man as opposed to the rights of 60 million UK inhabitants!! Can't see it myself. The only place this man should be is in Jordan, we should ignore Strasboursg and just send him back. I wonder what the European ramifications would be, if any?
The ramifications would be along the lines of what France got fined when they transgressed recently. They were fined €15,000. Money well spent and an awful lot cheaper than keeping him here and paying Lawyers their exorbitant sums.