Joined on 13 October, 2010
Shamima Begum is 21 currently. She was <15 years old when she and her friends decided to leave this country to join ISIS. What she's done as an adult is one thing, her choices as a child are another, or do we erase manipulation and grooming of children as they become adults.
We either kill terrorists (of any political/religious affiliation) in the midst of committing their acts of hate, or we pursue them and bring them before a court of law with a mind to try and convict them of their crimes. I thought that was the idea we were being sold all along.
In short, after much waffle, this fucking government, of this fucking Tory party, have fucked up massively yet again. Yes the court made this decision, but they made it because the government appealed an early court decision against Javid's revocation of Begum's British status.
If the idea is that we throw people away entirely though, if certain crimes were committed, then we should expect people on the road to those crimes (or in them) to feel more affiliation with the people they're ensconced with, dig in and we lose them. Surely life is worth more.
To me a terrorist, regardless of their affiliation, be that religious or political, deserves their day in court, and if found guilty, deserve their time in prison.
I'd hope it would be a long sentence, and I'd hope they'd reflect on their crime/s, feel regret and reform.
If there was evidence of her being a terrorist, or being involved in terrorism, I (maybe naively) would've thought it would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to demonstrate that the justice system of the UK has no point of termination, and ALL citizens will face a court.
If you're born in this country you'd never imagine you're status being taken from you. Until Windrush hit the news I honestly thought the ideas my mum had about us needing a passport to be daft, then I thought it was just for her. Now I wonder how secure my status is.
The justification for stripping Begum of her nationality was, I think, her parents being born foreign. This means that I, & most Brits, could never receive the same punishment but Sajid Javid & Priti Patel could. They support this situation, I think it's clearly wrong. How weird.
I was discussing this with my (Indian born) mum today, who longed drilled into us to always have our passports renewed, and to this day (she's 70 this year) fears the day she has to prove her right to remain in the country she's called home since 1966 because she fears rejection.
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