I suppose I’m politically incorrect but I suspect that I’m a member of the silent majority.
The fuss over the failure to deport foreign criminals, such as the recidivist Somali burglar, Mustaf Jama, featured on the front page of two of today’s papers goes on. Somalia is considered too dangerous to send anyone back to, including the US military, for those of you who watched the film, “Black Hawk Down” and Cardiff, I’m told by a police officer friend, is now home to the largest population of Somali refugees in the UK, most of whom I’m sure, are living peaceful and law abiding lives.
The figures for re-offending foreign prisoners and in particular, those from Jamaica and Nigeria are not encouraging. The Civitas think-tank has issued calculations suggesting that nearly 700 of the 1,023 foreign offenders released since 1999 without being considered for deportation would have committed new crimes within two years.
Civitas said that Home Office data suggested a reconviction rate of 67.4 per cent for ex-prisoners, which amounted to 689 out of the 1,023.
Of the 288 released since last August - when ministers knew of the problem - an estimated 141 would have been convicted again within a year, the think-tank said.
But here’s a thought. If someone like Mustaf Jama, a key suspect in the killing of WPC Sharon Beshenivsky knew that if he abused our hospitality, he would, after being found guilty by the courts, be deposited back into to the lawless hell-hole he came from, would he be less inclined to commit a crime here?
One might argue that contemplating the consequences of their actions is not a strength of most criminals and that the threat of immediate deportation would not make any significant behavioural difference but then why should the British tax payer be expected to pick up the prison and re-offending costs of men like Mustaf Jama and others with more violent inclinations?
Why, I wonder, can’t the European Union governments get together and agree on some small changes to the Human Rights legislation to protect the interests of the indigenous populations of the member states; i.e. we welcome refugees but in return for our accepting you and giving you generous state support, you agree to live your life in a lawful manner. If you don’t, Abou Hamza, Mustaf Jama and many thousands of others, your’e on the next flight out to where we believe you came from originally, regardless of whether you have ripped-up your passport or not.
But society doesn’t work that way and such a fantasy is immoral, unjust and unfair to the majority of those who choose to take refuge here. Wouldn’t you agree?!