Yesterday's decision to allow Gary McKinnon to be extradited to the U.S. is a hammer blow to British justice. A vulnerable man with Asperger's Syndrome now faces up to 60 years in one of America's toughest jails.Oh, good grief! Someone tell this man Alcatraz is now a tourist attraction...
If he boards the plane to the U.S., it is almost certain he will never set foot on British soil again, doomed to pass out the rest of his days in shackles on a foreign shore.
The U.S. authorities are trying to make an example of Mr McKinnon partly because he decided to fight the extradition - they offered to press far lesser charges if he came quietly without making a fuss. It is shocking that, simply because he exercised his basic right to challenge the extradition, he has been labelled a terrorist and treated like one, too.Can I remind you, Nicky, that our very own justice system will refuse parole to anyone who fails to 'acknowledge' his crime? So, if you happen to be innocent, you'll spend more time behind bars if you insist on that fact.
That's not so very different, is it? Are you planning on railing against this state of affairs, rather than the justice system of another country over which you have no influence?
Or does that not afford you the platform you seek to gain publicity for your little party?