Home Secretary Jacqui Smith thinks it’s OK to deport gay people to Iran because:
Gay and lesbian asylum-seekers can be safely deported to Iran as long as they live their lives “discreetly”, the Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, has claimed.
In a letter to a Liberal Democrat peer, seen by The Independent, Ms Smith said there was no “real risk” of gay men and lesbians being discovered by the Iranian authorities or “adverse action” being taken against those who were “discreet” about their behaviour.
Her comments were condemned by human rights campaigners. Ben Summerskill, chief executive of Stonewall, described the notion of gays escaping persecution by being discreet as nonsense. He said: “You only have to listen to people who were terrorised by the Metropolitan Police in the 1950s and 1960s to know that telling gay people to live discreetly is quixotic.”
Of course, the public deportation procress will likely out them as gay, a point Jamie K makes:
And how “discreet” is it possible to be when you’ve necessarily been outed as gay as part of the deportation process?
That may be the actual point. Monitors at the Iranian embassy may miss the result of a deportation tribunal, but if you make a big girly fuss and it starts getting in the papers….
There needs to be a process for depriving people of their UK citizenship, because filth like Smith are patently unfit to be citizens of this country.