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Ollie Robinson/Shamima Begum: why are the LEFT being attacked over racist tweets?

Tory hypocrite: Oliver Dowden. His only previous contribution to public debate is a claim that it was safe to go into a swimming pool with loads of other people who had never had a Covid-19 test in their life. That was right before the second wave (of the virus).

This is a weird one.

It seems cricketer Ollie Robinson has been found to have published racist and sexist tweets 10 years ago, when he was 18 or 19 years old.

The messages were unearthed by somebody who, one can only conclude, wanted to harm Robinson and timed their release to take place at a moment when he was on the field, making his debut representing England.

I would suggest that there is a certain amount of malice involved in that.

Robinson apologised immediately on being told about the revelation, but has been suspended from the England team for its next match, pending an investigation.

He has been criticised for failing to delete the tweets. It seems likely, to me, that he had simply forgotten about them. Such things happen. I’m not trying to defend him; I don’t have to. He has apologised.

But when Tory Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden stepped in saying much the same, the responses were extremely revealing. Here’s his tweet:

Here’s a response:

Far-right headbangers leapt to the conclusion that “The Left” in its entirety must be saying that Shamima Begum should be allowed to return to the UK, despite her support for IS and her former status as an IS bride.

That’s not what was being said. And it isn’t the Left being hypocritical here.

Dowden is a member of the government that barred Begum from returning to the UK, because of her attitude when she was 15. He also wants Robinson to be forgiven for his attitude when he was 18.

That is hypocritical. It is also a false comparison.

Robinson has apologised. Begum has not. In interviews with her, she made it clear that she still held the views that took her to the Middle East; still supported the ideology of IS that beheaded its opponents. She had seen decapitated heads and thought nothing of it.

So the right-wing attack dogs who are attacking the left are not only supporting a Tory hypocrite; they are themselves taking a hypocritical attitude.

And then they complain about “cancel culture”!

Source: Ollie Robinson: ECB ‘has gone too far’ in reaction to tweets, says Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden – BBC Sport

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Supreme Court got it wrong, say voters: Shamima Begum SHOULD come to the UK [POLL RESULT]

Justice: before anyone comments, I know that UK courts don’t use the gavel. This is for illustrative purposes – although it sesems people believe the courts now exist to give ordinary people a hammering.

Voters in a Vox Political poll have overwhelmingly condemned a Supreme Court decision to deny Shamima Begum entry to the UK to defend her citizenship, quoting national security concerns.

At the time of writing, 64 per cent of voters (583 votes) said the Supreme Court has not treated Ms Begum fairly. Just 36 per cent (329 votes) supported the decision.

The issue has provoked huge debate on the social media, with more than 440 comments on This Site’s Facebook page alone.

Many commenters on Facebook have suggested that, as she was 15 when she left the UK to join the so-called IS caliphate, Ms Begum was not old enough to be considered responsible (although others have pointed out that environmental campaigner Greta Thunberg was the same age when she started campaigning publicly, and nobody says the same about her).

Many commenters have suggested that Ms Begum was “groomed” by adult male supporters of IS – manipulated into travelling to the Middle East to become a child bride and bear children for a terrorist – and that this should be discussed in court, in order to root out any terrorist supporters who remain here in the UK.

Others have stated that the authorities let her down by allowing her to leave the UK unaccompanied by an adult.

It had been argued that Ms Begum’s right to a fair hearing, in her bid to have her revoked UK citizenship restored, would be harmed if she was forced to conduct her case from the north Syria camp where she is currently living.

But the Supreme Court said this right does not overrule the government’s obligation to national security. Its judges accepted that she is a threat to national security and that she should not be allowed back into the UK.

The result of the Vox Political vote – which is admittedly unscientific – suggests a groundswell of distrust in the courts by the people of the UK.

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POLL: is the Supreme Court right to refuse Shamima Begum’s bid to return to the UK for trial?

Shamima Begum: she won’t be allowed to return to the UK and fight for her citizenship.

The Supreme Court has ruled that Shamima Begum should not be allowed to return to the UK to fight for her citizenship to be restored.

Its members unanimously overruled a decision by the Court of Appeal that said she would not be able to make an effective appeal from the camp in northern Syria where she is currently living.

The Home Office had appealed against the decision on the grounds that allowing her to return would create “significant national security risks”.

The Supreme Court agreed:

Lord Reed said: “The Supreme Court unanimously allows all of the home secretary’s appeals and dismisses Ms Begum’s cross-appeal.”

He said the Court of Appeal’s judgment “did not give the home secretary’s assessment the respect which it should have received” given the role’s “responsibility for making such assessments” and accountability to parliament.

Lord Reed added the Court of Appeal had “mistakenly believed that, when an individual’s right to have a fair hearing… came into conflict with the requirements of national security, her right to a fair hearing must prevail.”

He said the right to a fair hearing did “not trump all other considerations, such as the safety of the public”.

Ms Begum has proved extremely divisive among some members of the UK community.

She was enticed abroad to join Islamic State, aged just 15, and married a Dutch IS fighter – with whom she had three children. They have all died.

After IS largely collapsed, she found herself in a refugee camp and appealed for the UK’s government to return her to this country, so she could rely on the National Health Service to care for her and her last child, before that child died.

But then-Home Secretary Sajid Javid instead stripped her of her UK citizenship, citing the by-then-20-year-old’s still-apparent enthusiasm for the bloodthirsty regime she fled the country to join.

Some said she had been groomed and did not know what she was doing; some said she knew exactly what she was about.

The Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC), a semi-secret court that hears national security cases, ruled that Mr Javid was right and Ms Begum could appeal for citizenship to Bangladesh, to which she may have a claim to nationality through her mother.

The Court of Appeal overruled that judgement and now the Supreme Court has reversed that decision.

Some are now saying that Ms Begum is now in legal limbo. She isn’t – she can still make her appeal from Syria, using lawyers in the UK.

But is that a reasonable course of action? Let’s have a poll:

Source: Shamima Begum cannot return to UK, Supreme Court rules – BBC News

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