It’s not so long ago that a paragraph from the Guardian newspaper, like the one that follows, would have been beyond the boundaries of political correctness:
“The government is looking at ways to fast-track criminals out of the country as part of a series of measures to gain control of the crisis engulfing the Home Office.
As police continued their attempts to trace hundreds of foreign criminals who were released without being considered for deportation, ministers were yesterday considering ways of improving removal procedures between the UK and other countries, particularly Jamaica and Nigeria, whose nationals make up a significant proportion of the foreign prison population - more than 130 of the prisoners freed recently came from there.”
The Home Office revelations of the last week have clearly revealed that living in the Guardian and BBC’s multi-cultural paradise has its disadvantages when a government discovers that alongside those who arrive and make a genuine contribution to our society, there are thousands who see us as a “soft-touch” and an environment where appalling crimes can be committed with relatively modest levels of retribution in contrast with the countries they have come from.
But what to do? Any country that doesn’t offer its prison population, Playstation time and a colour television in every cell is deemed to fall on the wrong side of the Human Rights legislation, which as a result, means that we can’t deport some of the nastiest criminals in our jails and have instead, let them back loose on our streets with a pat on the head and welfare payments to tide them over until they can find more lucrative forms of employment again.
In the greater interests of public safety Should we opt out of the Human Rights Act or at least interpret it as loosely as the French? You tell me.