UK GOVERNMENT TO FUND FOREIGN PRISON IN A BID TO DEPORT FOREIGN CRIMINALS – There are a few times when researching the news that I have to do a double take due to the complete and utter madness that I read and today is one of those times.
I have just read a news article whereby David Cameron has announced that he intends to use taxpayers’ money to build prisons in countries such as Nigeria in a bid to deport these criminals back to their home countries – the consensus by Cameron is that Nigeria simply doesn’t have the capacity to house criminals that we send back.
What? Yes I know it appear almost inconceivable to anyone with any common sense as to why anyone would spend the taxpayers’ money in such a way. Any convicted criminals should simply be deported back where they came from and that should be the extent of our liability. What come next will probably be that the Nigerian Government will announced that it can’t afford to staff these facilities and this can only result in Cameron then spending our money on the staffing and upkeep of any prisons we build.
Has Cameron gone completely gaga and lost the plot or does he have access to some salacious information that only he alone is privy to? I personally would go for the first part consider what a state the UK is in and if this is the only solution he can think of in order to deport convicted criminals then he’s in serious need of an MRI scan to actually determine if there is anything there and if that is the case can it be solved through either surgery or medication.
Cameron on the other hand, medicated or not, feels that it is a good idea to assist poor countries to in the building of prisons that will allow the UK Government to deport them to a facility that meets the ‘Human Rights’ criteria. The trouble is, as Cameron knows full well, deporting a criminal simply isn’t that easy – testament to that is Abu Qatada, a known criminal and for 10 years the UK Government have been trying to deport him in vein.
Not to be deterred in wasting more taxpayers’ money Cameron honestly feels that by building new prisons in countries like Nigeria will help in allow us to deport them.
When campaigning for votes in the last election Cameron vowed to cut the number of foreigners being imprisoned in Britain by changing the laws to allow deportation and you have to wonder why he hasn’t kept his promise. The truth is that his Coalition partner and Deputy Prime Minister simply won’t allow for change that would make the process very simply – that is after conviction, deportation occurs.
What prevents the UK Government from deporting criminals is our own Human Rights Act and our involvement in the European Convention on Human Right. The simple solutions would be to scrap the first one and pull out of the other; a move that Cameron is now considering; albeit on a temporarily basis in a bid to deport Abu Qatada. This is something that Nick Clegg is totally opposed to and in the past even refused to enter into discussion on the subject. However late last week Cameron announced that he was considering pulling out of the ECHR temporarily in order to deport Qatada and informed Clegg that any attempt to stop it would result in him being the man that prevented the deportation of Qatada; the result would be a political disaster which would ultimately scupper any chance of him sitting the in the Prime Minister chair.
With our ‘open door’ immigration policy, firmly set in place by the last Labour Government, the UK’s prison system is simply overflowing with foreign criminals and both the Human Rights Act and our involvement in the ECHR is blocking any chance to kicking them out. Since Cameron first took office instead of reducing the numbers as promised that have risen sharply and this continues to be the case on an ever upward spiraling trend.
This latest move appears to be simply another way to waste more taxpayers’ money and to employ people to run a system that continuously fails; as is the same with the Foreign Aid budget.
Just think how much it would cost the taxpayer to scrap the Human Rights Act and pull out of the ECHR – the cost would be minimal and highly effective but there again Government is neither effective or competent at managing the taxpayers’ money nor producing results that are overall beneficial to the public; instead it will simply carry on with half-baked schemes with little or no conviction behind them and certain with no consideration as how more of the taxpayers’ money will be squandered in the pursuit of unrealistic and unworkable practices.
More of this news can be found on the Daily Mail – click to read
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