Maybe it’s not a huge deal, but still, isn’t this what separate countries are for? Why not just encourage these people to move to the Middle East? I guess some of them came because they were being politically oppressed in the countries that they came from and many were born in the UK, but I imagine it’s still thousands coming every year. Also, if it includes divorice and inheritance, that might not be criminal, but it still might pretty serious in terms of the importance of the cases.
The reason we have a lot of Muslims here is that we offered British citizenship to all inhabitants of former colonies at the time of their independence, fondly imagining that that would be a way of maintaining British culture and influence in those countries without the bother and expense of ruling them.
A lot of Indians, Sikhs and Pakistanis took up the offer after 1947, when they realised that they could make a lot more money in the UK than they could where they were. Later we got a whole flood from East Africa, where we had originally exported them to help with clerical and infrastructure work in the colonies there.
So why do Pakistanis need their own courts and not the Sikhs, Indians, or anyone else? (I hear you ask)
Like Judaism, Islam is as much a legal system as it is a religion. There are no other religions that possess this feature (which is one reason why I argue in another thread that Islam is no more than an attempt to re-establish Judaism in the face of the perceived Christian heresy). Because both religions run contrary to human nature, Jews and Muslims have to go to their holy books to find out what to do and what not to do. If they can’t, they feel frustrated and morally at a loss, and as we know, such conditions can easily lead to radicalisation.
With other cultures and religions it’s not a problem, because observing the legal system of the country you are in does not affect your religious observance.
Why don’t we send them back where they came from? Firstly they were British citizens to begin with, secondly they have produced two generations of British offspring. If the global economic downturn, which promises to be severe, proves favourable to the eastern economies, I predict that many of them will be off back there. Let’s hope they take some sense of British fairness with them when they go.