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Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Litmus test for Lib Dem government

I hold no brief for the late Mr Jimmy Mubenga, who died in the midst of being deported from the UK to his native Angola after completing a two-year prison sentence for assault occasioning actual bodily harm (http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-22527987). We have rules about who needs to be deported and when, and that is reasonable. It is also reasonable for the deportees still to be alive when they reach their destination. I await the outcome of this inquest with interest. It is good that the Coalition Government includes Liberal Democrat ministers who can be expected to stand up for the rights of people like Mr Mubenga, however unpopular this may be. The more Liberal Democrats stand up for individuals' right to justice in all circumstances, the more people will understand what Liberal Democrats are for.

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