Should Jamaican prisoners in be encouraged to “cry gay”

“Stupid is as stupid does”

The flawed  thinking  of  LGBT activists  and  their supporters may  again  be  on show in  the story below.

Whilst the details  are sketchy it is possible  that the British authorities are more sympathetic to the not infrequent  BIG FAT LIE about homophobic attacks in Jamaica than heterosexual family life in England. 

 

The criminal who cried gay

DIANE ABBOTT

Sunday, August 31, 2014

 

The British legal system now seems to take it for granted that a homosexual’s life is not safe in Jamaica.

Another story has erupted in the British press about a Jamaican criminal escaping deportation because he claims to be a homosexual.

This week the Daily Mail has reported on the case of 55-year-old Alvin Brissett. He originally came to Britain from Jamaica when he was 13. Since then he has had 18 convictions for theft, three for possession of drugs, and four for assault. So he is not just a young man who has made mistakes. He can reasonably be described as a career criminal.

In 1993, he received a seven-year sentence for robbery. In 2004 he received a 12-month sentence for theft and threatening behaviour. Finally, in 2009, after he had been jailed once again for a street attack, the British authorities decided to end his lifelong career of criminality on British soil by deporting him to Jamaica.

But Brissett has two children born in Britain. It is not known whether he brought them up or has even spent much time with them. But the existence of the two children apparently made it possible for Brissett to fight the deportation on the basis of human rights law and his right to family life. However, eventually all his appeals failed and, in March 2011, the British Home Secretary Theresa May signed a deportation order. It all seemed to be over for Mr Brissett.

But at the very last minute, when he was in handcuffs in the back of a police van on the way to Gatwick Airport, he suddenly announced that he was a homosexual. He went on to argue that they could not send him back to Jamaica because he would be persecuted. The police apparently turned the van around, there and then. He has since gone through a whole series of further legal proceedings and has now won the right to stay in Britain.

It is not clear whether he eventually won the right to stay on the basis that he was gay. But the case has excited a lot of comment in the British media and raises a number of questions. Jamaicans might wonder why someone who came to Britain when he was 13 should be deported to Jamaica anyway. Many Jamaicans would argue that his career of crime is the responsibility of the UK. This is not an argument that would find much favour with British voters. And, if Brissett still has Jamaican nationality, Britain would be within its rights to deport him.

Brissett is part of a larger problem for the British authorities. The prisons here have over 85,000 occupants and are full to bursting. Over 10,000 of the prisoners are foreign nationals, and periodically British politicians threaten to deport them. But it is easier said than done. Most of the countries involved are reluctant to take the prisoners back and, so far, the British have been unsuccessful in forcing countries to accept them.

Invariably, the prisoners themselves do not want to go back to their country of origin because, however bad, conditions in British prisons are better than prisons at home. One of the largest groups of foreign prisoners used to be Jamaicans. But, in recent months, they have been overtaken by prisoners from Eastern European countries like Poland.

But a case like Alvin Brissett’s still excites a lot of attention. Brissett may or may not be homosexual. It is striking that he only decided to announce this having gone through innumerable legal processes. But Jamaicans need to reflect on the fact that the British legal system now seems to take it for granted that a homosexual’s life is not safe in Jamaica. Work clearly needs to be done to affirm Jamaica’s commitment to human rights.

Diane Abbott is the British Labour Party MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington. http://www.dianeabbott.org.uk

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