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Jamaica deportations: Government mounts fresh attack on courts

Government minister Grant Shapps has launched a fresh attack on the courts for blocking the deportation of roughly 25 to Jamaica yesterday.

Speaking on Sky News this morning, the Transport Secretary said, “we shouldn’t have the courts being used to overturn perfectly legitimate decisions” taken by the government.

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After news emerged that 50 people were set to be deported to Jamaica yesterday, judges intervened – saying that roughly half couldn’t be deported, because they hadn’t received access to legal advice.

Senior figures in the government are said to be incensed with the decision, including pantomime super-villain Dominic Cummings.

However, those who have covered the Home Office in recent years (including yours truly) know that judges play a vital role in stopping Tory authoritarianism.

For example, last year alone the government paid out a whopping £8.2 million for unlawfully detaining asylum seekers.

In 2016, the High Court also found that the government had been unlawfully imposing curfews on asylum seekers. At the time, an asylum-rights charity suggested the Home Office thought it was “above the law”.

We need judges to protect the rights of vulnerable people who are systematically hounded by our government. We need to do everything in our power to stop Johnson’s assault on our judicial system.

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