Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Trenton Oldfield

The moral bankruptcy of the entire asylum appeals process is demonstrated by Trenton Oldfield claiming that he and his family have to seek refuge in the United Kingdom because their human rights would be violated if they returned to Australia:  http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/09/boat-race-protester-trenton-oldfield-wins-appeal-deportation?CMP=twt_gu

The immigration tribunal judge, Kevin Moore, does not seem to be sufficiently educated in world affairs to understand that Australia is not a state in which human rights are violated.

Note also that Trenton Oldfield is comparing the campaigners who supported his cause with the campaigners who demanded the overthrow of apartheid.  Which implies that he is comparing himself to Nelson Mandela.  A farcical note seems to be entering this whole episode (or perhaps the farce has been there right from the start).

And is it not amusing to see all the lefties who were so dismissive of the Boat Race stunt at the time now cheering on his asylum appeal - how quickly the fashions change in left-wing causes célèbres.

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