Friday, August 22, 2008

Not a Glittering Performance

The insalubrious affair of Mr. Paul Gadd has shown firstly that, when it comes to deporting undesirable persons, the Vietnamese government are streets ahead of the British, and that, secondly, Miss Jacqui Smith is a nincompoop. But then you knew that already.
Seeing that an obnoxious glitterati was about to be returned from whence he came, Miss Smith seized the opportunity to burnish her dubious ministerial credentials by making it a cause celebre.
Trumpeting to the world the strong line she was going to take, she assembled a posse of PC plods to meet Mr. Gadd at London’s Heathrow Airport. As he had committed no offence and therefore the aforementioned plods could not arrest him, perhaps their only function might have been to get his autograph. They might have been better employed on the streets of London.
On hearing of the unwelcoming committee that was being prepared for him, Mr. Gadd, whose IQ seems to be a touch ahead of Miss Smith’s, not unreasonably decided to look elsewhere, but without success.
With some justification, Mr. Gadd pleads that he has served his time and is now a free man. He holds a passport issued to him by the British in 2002 after his conviction for a rather unsavoury sort of voyeurism. Now, although he has committed no further offence in the UK, the proposal is that he should now forfeit it. Had he been a murderer, having paid his debt to society, as the saying is, he would be free to come and go as he pleases.
As reprehensible as he appears to be, in the paedophilia stakes he is barely a runner. There are thousands far more dangerous than he still at large and unfazed by Miss Smith’s headline grabbing announcement.
Personally I would not want him in my country but, as a UK passport holder, he has the following inscribed within:
“Her Britannic Majesty’s Secretary of State requests and requires in the name of Her Majesty all those whom it may concern to allow the bearer to pass freely without let or hindrance and to afford the bearer such assistance and protection as may be necessary.”
Miss Jacqui Smith’s name is not mentioned but the document was issued by a government of which she is a minister.
Apparently Mr. Gadd will appear once more on the sex offenders register.
He probably won’t be bothered. They’ll most likely lose the memory stick with his details.


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