"Abu Qatada’s case was a microcosm of everything that was wrong with how the British state dealt with a range of issues, such as immigration, welfare, Europe and extremism. He arrived in Britain from Jordan, with his five children, and was able to claim asylum on account of “religious persecution”, not because the Jordanians were extreme but because he was.
As I wrote in last week’s Spectator, Britain does little to help Christians in the Middle East escaping persecution but neither do we help our fellow liberals of any religion. Rather than helping our friends, we help our enemies; only the most dim-witted individual would claim that radical Islam is not a threat to Britain.
Why do we do it? Partly because Britain is tied to international treaties on refugees, treaties that are not only unworkable but present the evil idea that people necessarily have “rights” to live in another country"