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A matter worth setting aside Cheltenham for. - Wemyss's Appalling Hobby:
From the Party Guilty of Committing 'Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn'
A matter worth setting aside Cheltenham for.

Yusuf al-Qaradawi is welcome in Britain.  Ibrahim Mousawi is fawned upon.  Hizb ut-Tahrir operate with impunity.


But the Rt (Dis)Hon Jacqui Smith falls over herself to ban from entry the deputy leader of Likud – who had not, as it happened, ever suggested coming to the UK.  Call it a pre-emptive strike.


These things, however, involve the great, if not the good: statesmen, politicians, celebrity terror-masters. 


Mehdi Kazemi is nineteen years in age.  He came to the UK to study English, in 2004.  He left behind, in his native Iran, not only his immediate family, but also his boyfriend.


The position taken towards homosexuality by the current regime in power in Iran needs no discussion.  They exult in the judicial murder of all who are accused of that … ‘crime’.


Whilst Mr Kazemi was in the UK, where, it might be worth noting, he has family members and family ties, his boyfriend was betrayed, arrested, and, not to put too fine a point upon it, tortured for information – before, of course, being duly hanged in April of 2006.  No one would dare condemn that young man for breaking under the Iranian regime’s equivalent to ‘helping the police with their enquiries’; but break he did, and he gave up the name and identity of Mr Kazemi.


Mr Kazemi, fearing for his life once he learnt of his boyfriend’s execution and the revelation of his own homosexuality to the Iranian thugs of state, naturally applied for asylum in the United Kingdom.  As his uncle, a commercial gentleman residing in Hants, notes, even should the Iranian state not manage to find and kill if he were returned to Iran, Mr Kazemi’s father is on record as intending to cleanse the family ‘honour’ by murdering his gay son.


Jacqui Smith and her ministerial jobsworths denied Mr Kazemi asylum.  It has apparently been the firm intention of Her Majesty’s Government under this ministry – to the extent that this ministry have ever made a firm intention – to deport Mr Kazemi to his inevitable death at the hands of the barbarians.


Mr Kazemi sought succour from the Dutch, who have a special programme for gay and lesbian Iranians seeking to evade being hanged by the regime in their native land; they returned him, bureaucratically, to the tender mercilessness of Jacqui Smith.


Within a fortnight, he will be deported, unless something very much like a miracle should occur.


Perhaps it shall.


It is the view of the Home Office under this government that the execution of over 4,000 gays and lesbians since the mullahs seized power in Iran does not constitute ‘systematic repression’: cold comfort, one imagines, to Mr Kazemi, or to Ms Pegah Emambakhsh, likewise now facing deportation to the Iran from which she fled in 2005, one step ahead of the state apparatus.  Her partner was not so fortunate: she is awaiting the carrying-out of her sentence: death by stoning at the hands of these enlightened gentry.  Ms Emambakhsh is another of those of whom the Home Office, Jacqui Smith, and the ministry of the day have been willing to wash their hands, Pilate-like.


Earlier today, Jacqui Smith, under intense cross-party and human-rights-group pressure, agreed to ‘reconsider’ Mr Kazemi’s case – which presumes it was ever really ‘considered’ at all, a fact not readily evident – ‘in light of new circumstances since the original decision was made’: another lie, as there have been no new circumstances.  One had not thought that one should be so grateful for this government’s systemic cowardice when confronted.


Mind, there’s been no sudden change of heart at the Home Office as regards Ms Emambakhsh, thus far.


I shan’t speculate on what drives the faceless bureaucrats at the Home Office and their political master – or mistress: I don’t imagine one need speculate as to why the biases seem to run as they do.


I merely say this.  To find a more contemptible, vicious, lickspittle, cowardly, liberty-fearing, power-hoarding, undemocratic, crawling, venal, and morally bankrupt government in the history of the United Kingdom or its constituent nations, one would be forced to look very seriously at the governments of Stanley Baldwin, Neville Chamberlain, and indeed Noll Cromwell – and possibly to dismiss them as not measuring up.




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velvet_tipping From: velvet_tipping Date: March 13th, 2008 09:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
magic_at_mungos From: magic_at_mungos Date: March 13th, 2008 09:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
*facepalm* It's times like this that I want them to get the hell off my side as they're making it look bad.

What part of being gay in a fairly conservative religious country didn't they get? Muppets.
goddessriss From: goddessriss Date: March 13th, 2008 09:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

Morally bankrupt indeed

Couldn't agree more. I'm appalled by and ashamed of our so-called Government. When you think about some of the undeserving they HAVE given asylum to...well, it beggars belief.
shezan From: shezan Date: March 13th, 2008 10:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
.... and AMEN again.

I would assume the deputy leader of Likud doesn't need my help, since at the end of the day he lives in a parliamentary democracy with a free press, a Supreme Court, and a rather effective army keeping all this together; but can one sign anywhere for Mr Kazemi & Ms Emambakhsh?
tiferet From: tiferet Date: March 13th, 2008 11:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
I sent email to public.enquiries@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk FWIW.

Oh, dear G-d, I have been praying for this child. NINETEEN. I didn't know about the young lady.
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fpb From: fpb Date: March 15th, 2008 05:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
He should learn Italian (see below).
sgt_majorette From: sgt_majorette Date: March 13th, 2008 10:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

Whom The Gods Would Destroy

...they first delude into believing their shit don't stink, as the old folks say.

My mother and I discuss politics with a giggle. We're old and we don't care that Western civilization is imploding.

Not our problem anymore. Now excuse me while I go spin all that gold back into straw...
fpb From: fpb Date: March 15th, 2008 05:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
They actually seem to have turned around - but they never should have had to. I do not have much good to say about my country's politicians, but in this at least they are more like human beings. When that Christian convert was condemned to death in Afghanistan a couple of years ago, Berlusconi's government unanimously offered him political asylum, and the opposition (in spite of the fact that there was a ferocious electoral campaign going on) never raised any objection at all. When someone pointed out that there was actually no legal basis for political asylum for a persecuted Christian in Italian law (because nobody had ever envisaged such a thing being necessary), the government simply agreed on a special motion offering him unlimited residence by the will of Government.
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