Some thoughts on a dull morning. Shamima Begum first – I’m almost inclined to agree with the Home Secretary that she should be stripped of UK citizenship – but the big doubt there is that the decision is purely political, designed to enhance the tough guy credentials of the Home Secretary. What we’ve not heard about in this case (as is so often the case with single mothers) is what about the father? What responsibility does he bear? The circumstances of her becoming pregnant need to be considered. Then I wonder how it is she thinks she doesn’t need to express remorse if she’s so keen to return to the UK? Perhaps a psychiatric examination is called for. And then, on a different tack, people are saying she was only a schoolgirl aged 15 when she made the fateful decision to go and join ISIS. Given that many people consider 16 year olds mature enough to vote and decide the fate of the country, we need to ask ourselves whether the mid-teens are a mature period or not. By some standards Begum was nearly mature enough to decide who might be Prime Minister – or currently, if she had lived in Scotland now, First Minister.
Still, turning to a bright note it’s good to see the back of Joan Ryan MP. She said this morning that ‘Labour was completely infused with anti-semitism.’ (emphasis added) As the expose of her in the undercover Al Jazzera investigation into this subject showed, she is the one who sees anti-semitism in anyone who questions Israeli government policy and wrongly accuses people of anti-semitism without any sense of shame. Or as we can now see, without remorse. Good riddance!