“This government operates on a distasteful mix of self-righteousness and appealing to the base instincts of the ignorant, acting and speaking as though any reasonable person could only possibly agree with their decisions and policies.” That’s right – there’s an unwarranted expectation of ‘entitlement’ – that they somehow have a right to behave in this repugnant way.

The SKWAWKBOX

First of all, apologies for being quiet for a while. Moving house takes a lot of time and attention, and with the best intentions I failed to keep up with any form of my ‘online life’.

On Monday, Home Secretary Theresa May made a Commons statement on the finally-realised deportation of ‘hate preacher’ Abu Qatada to Jordan. Whatever your opinions on the issues, there was a comment from May that spoke volumes about the Tory worldview.

Speaking about the lengthy legal process to move Qatada out of the UK (though in the end he only left because he ‘agreed’ to), Ms May said,

We did not ignore court judgements we did not like. We did not act outside of the law. We did what was right. And for a civilised nation, that is something of which we should be immensely proud.

I wonder whether that final sentence strikes you as…

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