Alex Salmond has brought to the attention of the Home Office a fugitive from the Police. Chinese national, Zheng Bin had remained in the UK follow his unsuccessfull claim for asylum in 1998. In 2007, he was arrested in connexion with cannibas production, but absconded from court.
He next came to Police attention in December 2009, following a raid by the Border Agency on the Shining Pearl restaurant, where he was now working opposite Salmond’s Peterhead constituency office.
Aware of his past, Samond immediately wrote to the Home Secretary asking for his arrest record to be taken into account… well, no he did not. He wrote, on request of the restaurant owner, asking for Zheng to be granted indefinite leave to remain on account of his “integrating well into the local community”.
What a fool.
Now challenged, he claims he was “duty bound” to do so. Not only is his understanding of internationalism and the rule of law somewhat lacking, he also cannot commit but insists that he did the hilariously wrong thing because he had to.
Salmond was no more “duty bound” than his fellow SNP MP, Mike Weir was when he campaignedfor the release of James McLintock, aka Yakub Mohammed (or the “Tartan Taleban”). Another of those innocent charity workers who had gone to Afghanistan at about the the b52s were a’hunting, McLintock had a habit of being re-arrested on terrorism-related charges at home and abroad (when he continued to receive the ‘required’ support of Weir).
As Tom Harris MP says:
“If any MP is approached by an employer regarding helping someone whose application for asylum has been refused, alarm bells should immediately start ringing,” said Tom Harris, a Labour MP.
“A person whose application for asylum has been rejected should not have an employer because they cannot work in the United Kingdom. Every MP knows that.”
And this is our national leader. Scotland, wha’ like us? None, thank fuck.