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I am delighted that a judge yesterday ruled that the Fast Track asylum appeals system is illegal. It is the most appalling abuse, specifically designed to limit the capacity of individuals in life threatening circumstances to properly develop and present their legal case and put it before a judge. The system of putting law-abiding people, often families, into detention harsher than our harshest maximum security prisons, allowed just one hour a day out of a tiny cell for exercise, is a minor inconvenience compared to the fundamental denial of proper right to justice. The recent unjust deportation of Majid Ali was just the latest of a series of fast track cases I have encountered. Nadira has finished the script of a short film about a tragic couple, based on substantial research of true stories of fast track detention, and is developing the production.

Reading online comments on media articles about this judgement, it is extraordinary how many people have forgotten that this dreadfully inhumane fast track scheme was introduced by New Labour, and its parents were Jack Straw, Lord Falconer, and the rest of the callous war criminals.

I agree entirely with the campaigners who state that having rightly ruled fast track illegal because of its denial of justice, to suspend the judgement while the government appeals is entirely illogical, and holds that denial of justice is less important than inconvenience to the executive. Theresa May is sufficiently bloody-minded to go ahead with fast track deportations in the interim. I fear she will even speed them up.

I am on my own fast track at the moment. A week today I have to leave for Ghana, and before I go I have finally to put the finishing touches to Sikunder Burnes and get it to the publisher. So forgive me if I disappear for a bit.


55 thoughts on “Fast Track

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  • Mary

    I put the link to the BBC report here last night.

    https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2015/06/the-killing-of-children/comment-page-1/#comment-531627

    and it was derided by the usual suspect.

    https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2015/06/the-killing-of-children/comment-page-1/#comment-531637

    Did anyone notice any glee? No.

    ‘Now, Mary omits, in her glee, to tell us about another two things which emerged from that BBC report. They are as follows:

    1/. The court said that the present system can stay in force while the Home Office appeals. BTW, Habbabkuk predicts that the Court of Appeal with reverse the judgement.

    2/. The BBc report quoted a lawyer for the people bringing the case: the point of complaint was that this fast track procedure is too fast. But before it was introduced, interested NGOs and other do-gooders used to complain that asylum examination procedures took too long! Plainly, there is no satisfying some people!’

    So then I copied the whole report pointing out what the Detention Action director said.

    There was one further comment.

    https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2015/06/the-killing-of-children/comment-page-1/#comment-531653

    followed by one troll speaking to another.

    ‘Anon1 – have you noticed that the Excellences, caught in our cross-fire, are once again on the run?

    Evasions, diversion, insults, blustering….but never an attempt at a reasoned rebuttal or a defence of what they themselves have scribbled.

    It’s a rout! :)’

    ~~

    All of that because I posted a link to a positive move towards justice in the High Court for a change.

    See how they work to divert and distract but they have failed yet again.

  • nevermind

    Off course they have Mary and its openly visible for all to see.

    To advertise their liking and support for Australian Gulags imprisoning refugees, asylum seekers and economic migrants alike, covering up demonstrations and death in their concentration camps, was a bit of a give away.

    But hey, we know Craig evokes some strange comments from friends and foe alike, so theses paid slaves, their work to defuse and divert form subjects here is to be pitied, lamentable, it is transparent and peripheral at most.

  • OldMark

    ‘it is extraordinary how many people have forgotten that this dreadfully inhumane fast track scheme was introduced by New Labour, and its parents were Jack Straw, Lord Falconer, and the rest of the callous war criminals.’

    The ‘fast track’ removals scheme wasn’t invented by the NuLab in the UK as you imply- the sensible, civilised Danes introduced the concept of a ‘white list’ of countries whose citizens would be presumed not to be victims of persecution as long as as 1994. NuLab simply borrowed this idea in the wake of the Stansted hijacking in 2000, when it became obvious even to them that the UK held the no 1 spot as the destination most favoured by illegal immigrants the world over.

    Even if you are from a ‘white list’ country, there are a wide range of exceptions, and if an immigrant falls into any of the categories listed here, they will escape detention-

    http://righttoremain.org.uk/toolkit/legalprocess/fast-track.html

  • craig Post author

    OldMark

    That was the “sensible” Danish government of Anders Fogh Rasmussen, friend of Blair, arch neo-Con, later Secretary-General of NATO. Major Frank Grevil was jailed for leaking papers proving that Anders Fogh Rasmussen knowingly lied to his parliament about the reasons for the Iraq War.

  • Monteverdi

    http://www.theguardian.com/business/2007/aug/16/imf.internationalaidanddevelopment

    Off topic I know , but as you’re off to Ghana Craig , did you notice in the news today that Adrian White of the company Bigwater ltd , who made his fortune on the back of Margaret Thatcher’s Water Privatization has been awarded a Knighthood .It was his company that was involved in the scandal of water privatization in Tanzania , one of the poorest countries in Africa . The link to the scandal above .

  • craig Post author

    The “white list” is supposed to represent those states where there is no reasonable fear of persecution. It includes Sri Lanka, Ukraine and Nigeria, among others!

  • Anon1

    “To advertise their liking and support for Australian Gulags imprisoning refugees, asylum seekers and economic migrants alike, covering up demonstrations and death in their concentration camps, was a bit of a give away.”

    Concentration camps, gulags… Over-egging it a bit, Nevermind? You do have a strange and if I might say so, rather dark imagination.

  • Anon1

    Mary 2:46 pm

    Poor dear, did she get her little bonnet knocked into a cocked hat and her little temper riled at the same time?

  • fedup

    Concentration camps, gulags… Over-egging it a bit, Nevermind?

    Very true, because in those the inmates were allowed to fraternize and work in work parties. The detention camps on the other hand have no such a regimen and inmates are mostly locked up for twenty three hours of the day.

  • Vronsky

    Somehow, you made me think of this:

    Fame is the spur that the clear spirit doth raise
    (That last infirmity of noble mind)
    To scorn delights, and live laborious days;
    But the fair guerdon when we hope to find,
    And think to burst out into sudden blaze,
    Comes the blind Fury with th’abhorred shears,
    And slits the thin-spun life.

  • Mary

    Not at all Anon1. Could not care less what you and your mate get up to here. Just demonstrating how an important link was made light of.

  • Abe Rene

    @Fedup ”
    “..in those (concentration camps, gulag) the inmates were allowed to fraternize and work in work parties.”

    Hoe benevolent of them. Arbeit macht frei, nicht wahr? This also reminds me of Victor Suvorov’s “The Liberators”. A Soviet soldier would be given 10 days in military jail for nothing, basically. But what about the right to education? Comrade, what do you think all that political haranguing over the loudspakers was for? 🙂

  • Abe Rene

    PS. On second thoughts, please strike out that last remark of mine, censor Craig. IMHO it is not of a becoming standard. The slogan on the gate of Auschwitz of the death camps is no fit matter for humour or sarcasm of any kind, and my apologies for using it.

  • Mary

    On Monday Her Maj will be down at Runnymede with the assembled notables to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta upon which our laws, including habeas corpus, are based.

    It is ironic that just a week ago, this government sent a young man back to his country to await either death or torture. Shame on the hypocrites.

    This is from Surrey CC currently cutting down the fire service, libraries, adult social care, children’s services and even closing care homes. Don’t mention the potholes either.

    ‘Why commemorate Magna Carta?

    Magna Carta is the foundation stone supporting the freedoms enjoyed today by hundreds of millions of people around the world.

    Magna Carta enshrined the Rule of Law in English society. It limited the power of authoritarian rule, it paved the way for trial by jury, it proclaimed certain religious liberties, and it defined limits on taxation.

    For centuries Magna Carta has influenced constitutional thinking worldwide including in France, Germany, Japan, the United States and India as well as many Commonwealth countries, and throughout Latin America and Africa.

    Nearly five hundred years after it was sealed Magna Carta was central to both the American Declaration of Independence and Constitution. Another lasting legacy is seen in the UN Declaration of Human Rights adopted in 1948.’

    http://new.surreycc.gov.uk/heritage-culture-and-recreation/tourism-in-surrey/visitor-attractions-and-accommodation/the-magna-carta-in-Runnymede

    Following Runnymede, Her Maj will move on to Ascot and the nags, her real love.

  • Ben

    “I have deleted an ill-tempered exchange between Phil and myself.”

    You are too modest, Craig.

    Apparently, you inadvertently have blocked Phil’s IP and email. Please continue to understate your acrimony.

  • craig Post author

    I have not blocked his IP address. And deleting a few comments – in precisely the same manner I deleted my own – in no way would affect his email. You can’t attack somebody’s email through wordpress.
    Mods can you check why Phil is blocked and see if we can unblock.

  • fedup

    “The leniency of the concentration camps”

    That’s good to know, Fedup. Is there an emoticon for “Phew!”?

    Why don’t you start talking about the detention centers? 24/7 lock down and only one hour out of cell with limited access to other inmates.

    The “ultimate standards of Evil” set in WWII era in the century gone, for long have been a smoke screen for the current and present Evil which evidently gets laundered and made more acceptable.

  • Andrew

    OldMark at 3.08pm — “when it became obvious…that the UK held the no 1 spot as the destination most favoured by illegal immigrants the world over”

    The USA is the preferred destination for migrants the world over. Germany is by far the top destination in Europe.

  • Anon1

    Craig

    Ben really has it in for you at the moment. Has had for months now. One of the side-effects of being permanently cained is built-up resentment and paranoia. A week in the chiller should set him right.

  • Anon1

    “OldMark at 3.08pm — “when it became obvious…that the UK held the no 1 spot as the destination most favoured by illegal immigrants the world over”

    The USA is the preferred destination for migrants the world over. Germany is by far the top destination in Europe.”

    Look! The Murrayites even wish to do down the UK as a top destination for migrants.

  • craig Post author

    Fedup

    The detention centres are awful, but they can’t be seriously compared to concentration camps, and it devalues the case to say so.

  • Anon1

    Mary pours forth:

    ‘”On Monday Her Maj will be down at Runnymede with the assembled notables to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta upon which our laws, including habeas corpus, are based.

    It is ironic that just a week ago, this government sent a young man back to his country to await either death or torture. Shame on the hypocrites.”

    _________________________

    Crucial to note that the man won’t be put to death or tortured. Good opportunity for Mary to sound off though.

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