By Cory Doctorow at 10:03 am Fri, Jun 14, 2013
Glass half full: The UK doesn’t want to be put under pressure to hand him over, knowing that they can’t really offer him asylum.
Hang on, did you say Home Office? Oh fuck you, Theresa May.
She’s not just nasty and eurgh, she’s ineffectual. She’s spent over £1.7m in legal costs trying to remove Abu Qatada from the UK, lord alone knows how much internal government spending, and had to resort to the expensive business of a treaty with Jordan (haha) to try and eject him. Still might not work.
She wants to be seen to eject him, and throws good money after bad.
If she ever, ever gets to be PM in the UK, I’m outta here.
She’d love Prism.
Don’t you dare even suggest such a possibility.
I’d love to give her a piece of my mind.
It’s generous. Because she’s clearly lost hers.
Aye, seconded. It’s probably time to fuck off anyway even if she’s not :( But where?
Considering Assange’s predicament, and the fact that GCHQ appear to be a complicit participant in PRISM, why on earth would Snowden even consider the UK? This is simply the UK govt trying to voice its disapproval of the man and grab some headlines.
They would prefer to avoid the endearing spectacle of Snowden and Assange cooped up in the Ecuadorian embassy.
It might actually be more banal than that. The “Risk and Liason Overseas Network” is an established thing in the UK, and its business appears to be largely devoted to a mixture of dishing dirt on visa applicants(in areas where visas are generally required for travel to the UK) and issuing notices to carriers about people they don’t want to see showing up at Heathrow. Snowden is markedly higher profile than most of their marks; but they appear to push a lot of similar paper.
(Incidentally, according to this inspector’s report on one of the RALON operations, the UK border security people use something referred to as “The Mycroft Database”, about which information seems to be a trifle slim.
Ya, go to America’s #1 ally and leading surveillance state implementer for asylum. That would be some smart thinking.
The good news is that he already decided that Hong Kong offers him more freedom.
Meh, the UK has crappy weather and even crappier food so I don’t think Edward will be missing anything.
The weather is 100% crappy, true – the food though is recognised as some of the best in the world, just not on 90s American sitcoms.
“the food though is recognised as some of the best in the world, just not on 90s American sitcoms” — neither on mainland Europe…
Ok, ok, mainland, you get bragging rights, but I think the real story is in the number of 1 star restaurants in the UK.
A greater pool from which some may evolve into 2 and 3 star joints bodes well for the future.
So, better reckidnise.
London. You know? Fish, chips, cup of tea, bad food, worst weather, mary fuckin’ poppins… london!
In what universe is the UK welcoming to anybody?
Well, it’s not raining here. Much. At the minute.
Of course he will be refused entry into the UK. For the UK it is the only right thing to do.
Maybe she is just pissed he had better access to the documents?
Yeah, this denial-of-entry is the UK looking at the unfolding trainwreck and saying “We want nothing to do with it.”
I wonder how Teresa May came to the conclusion she spoke for the majority of people in the UK? She hasn’t said one thing anyone I know agrees with. I’m still mulling over the idea of hiring a small aircraft and performing rendition of my own, for the benefit of the greater good.
Does the concept of the majority of the people even scan in the UK? I’ve had the impression that Labour and the Tories, at least, view being in power as the mandate of heaven, far more than parties in the US.
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