I hope Sajid Javid is careful with Shamima Begum, the Isis supporter he’s trying to keep out of the country. Because after Brexit we might be desperate for a trade deal with the Islamic caliphate, as it could be the only place we can import stuff from. And Begum may be the ideal trade secretary, as she’s lived in both places.
I expect Liam Fox will correct things soon, by announcing: “Shamima is one of several hundred of our young people who left here to fight in Syria, proving that Jihadis are yet another product we are successfully exporting at an impressive rate. I am proud to announce this morning I concluded a deal with the caliphate, for 35 more disillusioned teenagers from Birmingham, creating employment and showing once again that Britain is OPEN FOR BUSINESS.”
But home secretary Javid is spoiling relations by revoking Begum’s citizenship, so she can’t come back, even to stand trial. This leaves her without any state, so Javid has created a fascinating puzzle of what to do with her, and her week-old baby.
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