An immigration tribunal has just ruled that Learco Chindama, an Italian citizen who murdered Headmaster Philip Lawrence twelve years ago, cannot be deported, as his family is in the UK, and deportation would infringe his “human right” to family life. Mr. Lawrence’s widow says she feels “unutterably depressed”, as well she may. Two questions for the tribunal. Haven’t they noticed that we routinely set aside a convicted criminal’s rights to liberty and family life when we send them to jail? And why is this young thug’s right to a family life more important that Mrs. Lawrence’s right to a family life, which he took from her in an appalling act of brutality?
It is EU law that puts us in this position. It is time (in John Redwood’s masterful phrase) to “dis-apply” EU law.