The UK Home Secretary appears to be driving an unexpected independence that has wide ranging kerb appeal.
Out went Abu Hamza without even more delay in a process clearly driven by an interventionist stance on the part of Theresa May.
Today, in stays Asperger’s sufferer, Gary MacKinnon, judged by the Home Secretary to be at risk of having his human right s breached were he to be extradited to the USA for his hacking skills.
And the same Mrs May has welcomed plans to repatriate from Brussels to Britain a spectrum of powers – around 130 of them – amended by EU measures around policing and criminal justice. This is be done by the UK exercising its power of opting out of the entire suite of new EU laws and then – if there are any that constructively fit with the nature of British law, negotiating to opt back in to those.
You could describe these actions as a quick one-two, demonstrating to Europe and the USA that Britain will run its own show.
It’s been a long time coming – and for Gary McKinnon it’s been ten years.