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    1. Here is the tale of Theresa and Abu.

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    2. Once upon a time Theresa was Home Secretary.

    One day she had to deal with a request from Jordan for Abu's deportation.

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    3. She was not the first Home Secretary to have to deal with this request. But there was a problem.

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    4. The was the prospect that the evidence to be used against Abu in Jordan had been obtained by torture.

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    5. And if so, it was not lawfully open to the UK under ECHR to deport anybody if there was prospect of torture-gained evidence being used.

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    6. So what did Theresa do?

    She huffed and puffed at the courts, spending huge amounts of public money.

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    7. Click here bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/… and see how many QCs she instructed for one appeal.

    One QC.
    Two QCs.
    Three QCs.

    Yes, three QCs.

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    8. Those in the media who rail against "fat cat lawyers" didn't mind the government instructing three QCs at public expense, in this case.

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    9. But Theresa still lost that case. She lost every appeal, however much taxpayers' money she threw at the case.

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    10. And the reason she lost was, well, because torture is absolutely wrong, and no one should be deported to face torture-based evidence.

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    11. Having lost in her attempt at shouting at the courts, Theresa tried a new tactic.

    She shouted at Europe.

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    12. It was seriously suggested that the UK "temporarily" leave the ECHR - see theguardian.com/law/2013/apr/2…

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    13. This idea did not get far, because it was laughed at by a Lord Chancellor called Kenneth.

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    14. But Theresa had got the tabloids in a frenzy at this case - she had shouted at the courts and at Europe, but none of it had worked.

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    15. And so Theresa quietly did a sensible deal with Jordan where they agreed never to use torture-based evidence.

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    16. You would say this was a Good Thing, as it meant there would be no torture-based evidence used in Jordan again.

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    17. But Theresa did not want to talk about it.

    Instead she made out she had deported him "despite" ECHR rather than in compliance with it.

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    18. So despite huffing and puffing and exciting the tabloids and threatening suspension and appealing, she did what the ECHR required anyway

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    19. Theresa ended up doing a sensible deal on Abu, contrary to the expectations and demands of the press, but then pretended she hadn't.

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    20. In turn, Abu in Jordan was cleared, as the supposed serious (torture-based) evidence against him was no longer admissible.

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    21. And Theresa got another job where she shouted at courts and at Europe, getting press into a frenzy, and then she....

    (to be continued).

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