ONE of the big problems we have in British public life is that no one has to take responsibility for anything. At least not if it goes in one particular direction.
For instance we recently learned more details about the Government’s anti-extremism programme, Prevent.
You can guarantee that if innocent Muslims had been labelled “extreme” or “radical” by civil servants and their advisers then heads would have rolled.
But in fact the review found that the big overreach in Prevent was in the direction of so-called “right-wing extremism”.
This programme tarred everyone to the right of Karl Marx as on the pathway to right-wing extremism.
Indeed, owning copies of books by our great national authors, including Shakespeare and JRR Tolkien, was cited as evidence of possible extremism.
Will anybody be held to account in government for this outrageous insult?
An insult to our culture and history as well as towards millions of people who happen not to hold the views of the radical left?
Of course not. Because the political accountability only ever seems to go one way.
This week we have had one of the most appalling and clear examples to date of this sick state of affairs.
Ernesto Elliott is a violent thug from Jamaica who was meant to have been deported from this country in 2020.
It says a great deal about him that he was one of the tiny number of people who this country even tried to deport. To reach that bar you have to be exceptionally clear in your law-breaking.
Back then Elliott was among 23 serious criminals who had a Boeing 757 chartered to take them back to Jamaica.
The criminals on the flight had already been sentenced to a collective 156 years in jail.
But we live in a country where a vocal minority of people campaign under the banner of “human rights” to stop any criminal or illegal being removed from our country.
We live in a country where noisy campaigning lawyers and politicians seem to think everybody in the world has a right to be in our country. Including people who are here illegally and have broken the law while being here.
On that occasion, in December 2020, a huge campaign was mounted by celebrities and MPs. A huge group of lefty MPs signed a letter to the Government demanding the flight be stopped.
As usual, various know-nothing actors and authors signed a letter of their own along the same lines.
With this wind behind them the criminals succeeded in getting a last-minute human rights appeal to stop the flight.
Every single person who signed that letter — who included model Naomi Campbell, actress Thandiwe Newton and (of course) Jeremy Corbyn — could now be regarded as having blood on their hands.
Because, as we learned this week, just six months after he should have been deported from this country Elliott went on to slaughter a man on the streets of Britain.
Footage of the appalling knife fight that led to the murder has now also been released. These MPs and others should study it.
They could also look at the case of Afghan asylum seeker Lawangeen Abdulrahimzai, 21, who The Sun revealed in January had lied his way into our country after being convicted of murdering two people in Serbia and going on the run.
While here he went on to stab Tom Roberts to death outside a Subway takeaway in Bournemouth, despite having been caught previously with a knife by cops, who just gave him a warning.
Jurors would later hear how he had a “fascination with knives” and “revels in violence”.
The Home Office is investigating the “red flags” it missed. But of course, this is all too late for Mr Roberts and his devastated family.
Threat to everyone
This mayhem is the result of Corbyn and his ilk’s belief that “no human being is illegal” and that “human rights” means protecting not the innocent but the guilty.
All those luvvies and others who see a bandwagon and jump on it should be made to see that their bandwagon is a bloody and murderous one.
Will any of these people ever pay any political or other price for this? I very much doubt it.
But they should.
Having violent thugs in the country is a threat to everyone.
None of this is abstract. When dealing with people we know to be violent criminals it gets very real very fast.
So as I say, if we want to live in a safe country we need to hold not just the criminals accountable.
We also need to hold accountable those who give them cover and act as dupes whenever the words “human rights” get uttered.