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Yasmin Alibhai-Brown Shaker Aamer is returning to a UK that can be its own prison

Waiting at Biggin Hill airport on Friday was a solemn white man holding a square placard. On it were two hearts and a handwritten message in black and orange: “Welcome Home Shaker Aamer”. The last British resident held in Guantanamo Bay is now free. Campaigners and lawyers fought a sustained campaign to get him released. It is not a victory – how can it be when so many others remain in that heart of US darkness? It is an affirmation of virtue: a just cause, which shows that borderless compassion and morality can, occasionally, prevail.